Air Products aids stainless steel firm in ‘major’ oxygen supply issue


South Africa-based industrial gases company Air Products revealed that it recently came to the assistance of its biggest argon customer, Columbus Stainless (Columbus), when the steel manufacturer encountered a major interruption in oxygen supply via its pipeline.

Having received an urgent request on Friday 23rd June by Columbus to assist with a possible solution, Air Products visited the site after-hours to discuss possible routes, viable options, and equipment requirements. 

With the options discussed and review by Air Products on the Saturday morning, the technical team decided to modify and utilise the existing argon storage and vaporisation system to provide oxygen to the plant. 

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