Messer starts up new ASU in Czech Republic


Messer has started up a new air separation unit (ASU) in Vratimov, Czech Republic (Czechia).

It replaces the existing ASU of MG Odra Gas, which was modernised in 1993. MG Odra Gas is a joint venture of Messer and Liberty Ostrava, in which Messer holds a 70% stake.

Virginia Esly, Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Management Board of Messer SE & Co. KGaA, said, “The improved specific energy consumption of the new unit now makes our industrial gases production operations more eco-friendly and more economical. At the same time, this investment enables us to increase our liquefied gas production capacity by about a factor of four. And that increases supply reliability for our bulk customers.”

One of the largest customers for the gases is the steelworks Liberty Ostrava. The steelmaker and other major industrial companies in the region receive gaseous nitrogen, oxygen and argon via a pipeline.

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