Messer assembles core of ASU in Slovenia


Messer is currently investing approximately €17m ($20m) in the construction of a plant producing air gases oxygen (O2), nitrogen (N2) and argon (Ar) at the industrial site of Trata in Škofja Loka, Slovenia.

Presently a complex lifting procedure is being used to assemble the core of the air separation plant (ASU), involving a 52-metre-tall column weighing 175 tonnes. For the purpose of transportation, the separating column has been split into four parts which are to be assembled on-site and lifted by industrial cranes with the help of steel belts. The aluminium separator column forms the heart of the plant. Inside it, air will be liquefied and then separated into its components O2., N2 and Ar.

Bojan Andrejašič, Head of the Technical Department of Messer in Slovenia, commented, “Assembly of the complicated construction has been going on since the start of the year with very high precision.”

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