Saudi Arabian contract demonstrates growing presence in region


Air Liquide Arabia is to invest more than $35m in two air separation units (ASUs) in Saudi Arabia, against a backdrop of ever-expanding refining and petrochemical industries in the region.

The news comes ahead of gasworld conference’s return to the Middle East and Dubai in particular later this year, and following the news that Air Liquide had drawn-up a long-term hydrogen supply agreement with Saudi Aramco in September 2010.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest economy in the Middle East. Growth is driven by the expansion of the refining and petrochemical industries and the development of infrastructure projects, as is thought to be the case throughout much of the Middle East region.

Now, Saudi Aramco and Air Liquide Arabia have announced the signing of a new long-term nitrogen supply agreement for Saudi Aramco’s operations in Qurayyah, in the Eastern Province. The nitrogen will be used by Saudi Aramco in the processing of seawater related to oil production.

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