Air Liquide to build new ASU for Shandong Fangyuan, China’s leading privately owned copper producer


The contract signing ceremony took place in Toulouse, France, within the French-Chinese Economic Summit, in the presence of the French and Chinese Prime Ministers.

Air Liquide announces a longterm contract with Shandong Fangyuan, China’s leading privately owned copper smelter and one of the world’s largest copper producers. Under the terms of the contract, Air Liquide will invest around Euro 60 million in a state of the art ASU (Air Separation Unit) with a capacity of 2,000 tpd of oxygen, expected to be commissioned by the second half of 2017.

The new ASU, located in Dongying, Shandong province, will be built by Air Liquide’s Engineering and Construction teams, using state of the art technologies that offer energy efficiencies as well as optimal reliability and safety. It will support Shandong Fangyuan’s ongoing large-scale expansion plan to increase smelting capacity at the Dongying site from 400,000 tonnes to 700,000 tonnes per year by 2017.

The oxygen supplied will boost productivity of the smelter while reducing overall CO2 emissions and cutting maintenance costs. Air Liquide will also provide support for an optimized usage of Shandong Fangyuan’s oxygen injection technology. Oxygen injection is a strategic technology for the non-ferrous industry in which Air Liquide has over 20 years of proprietary research and several industrial references.

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