Singapore Oxygen Air Liquide, SOXAL, has extended its collaboration with Chartered for supplying nitrogen.

SOXAL, a joint-venture between Air Liquide, France and BOC, UK, has signed a bulk gas contract with Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, for the supply of nitrogen to Chartered’s 300-millimeter facility, Fab 7.

Under the agreement, SOXAL will expand the customized tank for Fab 7 to include a dedicated nitrogen plant to produce ultra-pure nitrogen, compressed dry air and compressed dry air stepper.

Tan Guan Joo, managing director of SOXAL, said of the expansion: \\$quot;Chartered has been a pioneer in Singapore's semiconductor technology and wafer fabrication services industry, and we are committed to support its continuing growth.

\\$quot;The selection of SOXAL further affirms our expertise in providing innovative solutions for the gas requirements of the growing electronics sector in Singapore.\\$quot;

The expansion of the tank farm is scheduled to complete in June 2006.
SOXAL was established in 1975 and currently supplies ultra-pure carrier gases such as nitrogen, hydrogen, argon, oxygen and helium to Chartered's other facilities.

It is a market leader in Singapore in the manufacture and supply of electronic, industrial and medical gases and related services.

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