Construction work is expected to begin this spring on the $100m upgrade to Linde LLC’s industrial gases plant in Delaware, US, which will see its merchant liquid and gaseous product production capabilities increased.

Once complete, the facility will become the Tier One player’s largest liquid merchant plant in the country and result in a 15% reduction in electricity consumption.

The expansion plans include Linde Engineering installing a new air separation unit (ASU) at the Claymont site which will produce 1,200 tonnes per day (tpd) of liquid oxygen (O2), nitrogen (N2) and argon (Ar), as well as 400 tpd of gaseous products.

The plant is due to be commissioned in 2019 and will serve customers across the Delaware Valley via pipeline.

Jens Luehring, President of Linde Americas, affirmed, “This new plant represents Linde’s continued commitment to invest in the Americas to meet demand for our essential products and services.”

“Our new ASU will fill regional demand for our essential products while substantially reducing our energy usage and our overall carbon footprint. It will be a win-win for our customers and for the environment.”