Air Products strikes gold


Air Products has signed a contract to build an air separation unit (ASU) for Lihir Gold Ltd, in Papua New Guinea.

The plant, which is situated over 500 miles from Port Moresby, capital of Papua New Guinea, will produce over 1,800 tpd of oxygen, almost doubling the total oxygen production on the island.

The oxygen is used to oxidize the ore extracted from the mine, converting sulphide minerals to sulphates to improve the recovery of gold in downstream processing.

Dave Edmondson, Engineering Vice President for Air Products in Europe said, “We are very proud to have been selected for this project. Lihir Gold Ltd required a highly efficient plant, as it’s in a remote place, making all transport of fuel very expensive.”

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