Air Liquide Engineering wins contracts


Air Liquide Engineering Europe has won several contracts outside France.

In Turkey, it has signed a contract with Isdemir, a subsidiary of the Turkish steel group Erdemir, to build an Air Separation Unit (ASU) at its site in Iskenderun. This new unit, in Southeast Turkey, will begin production at the end of 2007 and will produce 1,000 tonnes of oxygen per day, as well as nitrogen and argon, thus enabling Isdemir to further develop its steel production.

In Saudi Arabia, Air Liquide, in a consortium with the German engineering company Lurgi, has won a contract to build a carbon monoxide production unit (raw material required in the production of acetic acid), for the petrochemical company Sipchem (Saudi International Petrochemical Company – Al Zamil group). With a daily production capacity of 1,000 tonnes, this unit will be the largest in the world and should begin production in 2009.

The new Sipchem industrial complex, representing an investment of one billion euros, will be built on the existing industrial site at Jubail, in eastern Saudi Arabia, near the Persian Gulf. It will enable Sipchem to develop its production of acetic acid.

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