Air Liquide invests R500m in South Africa manufacturing sector


Air Liquide has secured an agreement with Sasol Synfuels (Pty) Ltd to install a new liquid argon production plant at the company’s Secunda plant, at an investment of more than R500m.

The recovery plant will form part of a new world-scale 3,500 tons per day (tpd) air separation unit (ASU), which Sasol has sourced from Air Liquide Engineering.

The plant is scheduled for commissioning in late 2010 and Air Liquide’s total investment is believed to be valued at more than R500m.

Air Liquide Marketing Director Jonathan Madden commented, “This will be the sixteenth sir separation unit Air Liquide has supplied to Sasol Synfuels, while the argon recovery unit will be the first of its kind to be installed at the Secunda plant.”

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