Westfalen Group to build ASU in France


Munster-based German company Westfalen, and its Rosslange subsidiary Westfalen France S.a.r.l., has revealed it is to build an air separation plant in Burgundy, France at Le Creusot.

Supplying gas to the world’s largest steel manufacturer, ArcelorMittal, the deal represents the highest foreign investment in the company’s history.

With an investment of around €30m, the ASU is scheduled to come on line by mid 2010 and will produce up to 300 tonnes of nitrogen, oxygen and argon per day.

Part of the oxygen will be piped to the neighbouring Industeel Creusot steelworks, part of the ArcelorMittal Group, which produces special and high-grade steels for applications such as the petrochemicals and energy industries.

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