Air Liquide signs €40m contract in China


Air Liquide has just signed another major long-term contract in the steel industry in China.

The company will invest about €40m in Yichun, Heilongjiang Province (northeastern China), 350 kilometres north of Harbin, Heilongjiang’s capital city, to supply Xilin Steel Group, a new customer, with oxygen, nitrogen and argon.

A 1,200 tpd Air Separation Unit will be designed and built by Air Liquide Hangzhou, the Engineering teams of Air Liquide in China, and will be commissioned in Q1 2012.

Over forty years, Xilin Steel has become the largest iron and steel producer – and the biggest private enterprise – in Heilongjiang province. It has grown while rationalising and modernising its production facility, so as to become the most profitable iron and steel enterprise in the whole of north-eastern China.

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