Unity in Ukraine: Metinvest and Air Liquide Strike long term supply contract


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The CIS is exhibiting encouraging signs of industrial gas investment as Air Liquide enters into a key supply contract with regional firm, Metinvest.

Metinvest, a conglomerate of vertically integrated metals and minerals companies, has signed a new long term supply contract with industrial gas giant, Air Liquide.

According to the new supply contact, Air Liquide will supply oxygen, nitrogen and argon for Yenakiievo I&SW of Metinvest in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. In order to accommodate this deal, Air Liquide will invest €100m in the construction of a new air separation unit. The facility has won joint financing with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Guy Salzgeber, vice president of North and Central Europe and a member of the Air Liquide Executive Committee, conveyed the honour felt by this alliance, stating, “We are greatly honored that Metinvest has chosen Air Liquide as its long term partner for this first outsourcing of their industrial gases. In addition to the investment of the new Air Separation Unit for Metinvest, Air Liquide plans to build up in Ukraine high level technical and operating expertise to support its long term development in this important market for industrial gases. This success in Ukraine illustrates our increasing development in this zone of Europe. Developing economies are one of the growth drivers of the Group”.

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