Air Liquide signs long-term contract to build ASU and further strengthens position in China


Tier One giant, Air Liquide, has further strengthened its position in China after signing a new long-term contract to build a new air separation unit (ASU) for one of the largest integrated energy and chemical companies in the North Pacific rim country.

Under the new agreement with Maoming Petrochemical Co. (MPCC), a subsidiary of China Petroleum and Chemical Corp. (Sinopec Corp.), the French industrial gas business will invest approximately €40m ($45.6m) in the new ASU.

Once on-stream, the facility will be able to produce a total capacity of 850 tonnes of oxygen (O2) per day. It is expected to start operations in the second quarter of 2017.

The new site, located in Maoming City of Guangdong Province, will supply O2 and nitrogen (N2) to MPCC’s both new and current ethylene oxide plants.

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