Air Products South Africa and Sasol Chemical Industries have signed a landmark agreement, which will see Air Products purchase the Sasolburg A2100 air separation unit (ASU), and simultaneously commence with a new long-term supply agreement.
The agreement brings the ownership of this facility ‘full circle’: it was originally designed and constructed by Air Products in 1997, and has to date been operated and maintained by Air Products for Sasol on a contract basis.
Going forward, Air Products will continue to generate oxygen and nitrogen for the Sasolburg chemical complex. However, the company will be able to extract further value for both parties via the integration of the plant into its wider supply chain.
This will include the generation and sale of by-products such as liquid nitrogen and liquid argon, according to Mike Hellyar, Managing Director of Air Products South Africa.
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