Praxair Canada upgrades facilities to meet surge in customer demand


Praxair Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Praxair, Inc. is upgrading several of its facilities in Alberta, Grande Prairie, British Columbia and Dawson Creek. The plans are designed to meet a growth in customer demand, particularly from Western Canada.

Praxair Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Praxair, Inc. has announced that it will upgrade the ASU facility in Fort Saskatchewan and Prentiss, Alberta. The company will also add new carbon dioxide and liquid nitrogen distribution storage facilities in Grande Prairie, Alberta and Dawson Creek, British Columbia as well as mobile storage and transportation equipment.  The upgrades will add an additional 1,000 tons per day of liquid nitrogen to support the growing requirements of customers in the oil and gas market of Western Canada. This new capacity will come on line in three phases beginning mid-2012 through to 2014.

Rob Hossack, Vice President of Merchant and On-Site Gases commented, “We are ramping up production to meet current and future customer requirements. At the same time, our transportation and logistics teams have developed offerings designed specifically for the Western Canada energy marketplace. Our customers want to focus on their core business; they look to us to provide nitrogen, install mobile storage and handle the logistics of delivering product.”

The energy sector in Canada is helping to fuel growth for Praxair Canada, which has been able to build upon its existing infrastructure and add capacity to meet demand that is expected to continue to grow for the foreseeable future. Praxair Canada operates more than 50 kilometers of hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen pipelines in the Edmonton – Fort Saskatchewan corridor, and is currently working on several expansion opportunities with its existing customer base around this enclave.

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