Air Products SA commissions new air separation unit


Air Products South Africa has recently commissioned a new air separation unit (ASU) at the Impala Platinum refinery, in Springs, as a means of ensuring the supply of oxygen and nitrogen to the plant.

The R90m ASU facility supplies 80 tonnes of high-purity oxygen and 50 tonnes of high-purity nitrogen daily to Impalas base-metals refinery (BMR) operations.

Air Products has designed, supplied, constructed and commissioned the facility, which it will own and operate to supply the needs of Impala on an ˜over-the-fence basis.

The company was awarded the 15-year contract in November 2004 and completed commissioning according to schedule on 1 July, this year, following an 11-month construction period.

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