Singapore Oxygen Air Liquide Pte Ltd (SOXAL) has inaugurated its $500m Jurong Island infrastructure.
The wholly-owned Air Liquide subsidiary’s event was officiated by Lee Yi Shyan, Singapore’s Minister of State for Trade & Industry and National Development. In his official speech, Singapore’s Minister commended the investment.
He said, “SOXAL has played a very constructive role in the industry integration of Jurong Island. Many of the petrochemical plants now need not worry about costly auxiliary investments but tap on SOXAL’s network for industrial gases supply. In other words, because of SOXAL, many of its clients can focus on what they are supposed to do best in running their operations.”
The development constitutes part of SOXAL’s industrial gas network on Jurong Island. Furthermore, it represents a multi-source network system that offres customers increased reliability of supply and economies of scale.
Indeed, SOXAL was one of the first companies to invest in Jurong Island. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Jean-Marc De Royere, Senior Vice President, Chairman and CEO of French parent firm, Air Liquide Asia Pacific commented, “I thank our customers and the Singapore government for their confidence in SOXAL. The new facilities reinforce our continued commitment to the chemicals and energy sector as it further strengthens SOXAL’s position as the leading and innovative gas supplier in Singapore.$quot;
He continued, $quot;Our hygrogen technologies for example are helping our customers, not only improve their process efficiencies but also facilitate access to cleaner and renewable energy”
The infrastructure comprises of:
• An ASU with a produciton capacity of 1200 tonnes per day of air gases, oxygen, nitrogen and argon. The facility increases SAXOL’s total production capacity by more than 40%.
• A world-scale hydrogen production plant, the largest in Southeast Asia, capable of producing close to 100,000 Nm3 per hour of hydrogen.
• In addition to a 35km hydrogen pipeline running along Jurong Island and the Jurong Industrial Estate on mainland Singapore – bringing the country's pipeline network to 120km in total.