Air Liquide & Tianjin LG Bohai Chemical invests in China


Air Liquide has announced the signature of a new long term agreement with Tianjin LG Bohai Chemical Co. Ltd (LG Bohai).

LG Bohai is a joint venture between LG Chem of South Korea and Tianjin Bohai Chemical Industry Group Co., a leading Chinese chemical group. It will produce ethylene di-chloride (EDC) which requires large volumes of oxygen and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), the basis for PVC. LG Bohai will be located in Lingang park, the new promising industrial zone of Tianjin on Bohai Bay.

Under the terms of this agreement, Air Liquide will invest 20 million euros to install a large air separation unit (ASU) to supply gaseous oxygen, nitrogen and compressed air to LG Bohai. The unit will also supply other local industrial customers with gaseous or liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon. It is being designed and manufactured by Air Liquide Hangzhou, the Air Liquide engineering centre in China. Air Liquide will start to supply LG Bohai before the end of 2006.

Air Liquide has been steadily developing the Tianjin/Beijing market. Firstly in Tianjin in 1995, with the design and development of an ASU and two hydrogen units. Also present in Beijing since 1997, it recently strengthened its presence with a 430 tonnes per day ASU to supply in particular the semiconductor company BOE-OT, a leading flat panel manufacturer.

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