Additional contract award in China


Air Products has announced the award of another new contract in China, by the Tangshan Guofeng Steel Co, Ltd for the supply of industrial gases including oxygen, nitrogen and liquid argon to its steel mills in Hebei Province, Northern China.

The third Air Products long-term contract signed with Guofeng Steel, formerly Xinfeng Steel Group, since 2003, a new air separation unit (ASU) is to be built adjacent to the company and is scheduled to come on-stream in late 2008.

As the third Air Products-built ASU in Tangshan for Guofeng Steel, this follows the original ASU brought on-stream in mid-2005 and the second, which is expected to be operational by the end of this year. The on-site gaseous oxygen, nitrogen and argon are used in Guoefeng Steel’s blast furnace and basic oxygen furnace for iron-steel making.

Wilbur Mok, president of Air Products Asia, spoke of the new contract, $quot;Guofeng Steel has been an Air Products strategic customer since 1999. We are honoured to have been selected as its partner once again to support its next phase of expansion. It underscores the satisfaction of a long-standing customer in Air Products.$quot;

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