Air Liquide builds ASU Steam Methane Reformer in Mexico

Air Liquide builds ASU and Steam Methane Reformer in Mexico

4:42 AM, 10th July 2012
Air Liquide builds ASU and Steam Methane Reformer in Mexico

NUEVO LEON, MEXICO: Air Liquide invests in northern Mexico to build a new Air Separation Unit (ASU) and a Steam Methane Reformer (SMR) in Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon. Mexico presents continuing strong growth prospects due to its anticipated commercial growth and its proximity to the US. The announcement comes as Air Liquide enters into a long term contract to supply nitrogen and hydrogen to steel manufacturers Ternium and Tenigal. Air Liquide will build and operate the new ASU and SMR on the grounds of Ternium’s new facility in Pesqueria, which will include a cold-rolling mill and a galvanizing plant.

The galvanizing plant is being developed by Tenigal, a joint venture owned 51 per cent by Ternium and 49 per cent by Nippon Steel. Both units are slated to start up around mid 2013 when the Ternium and Tenigal facilities are scheduled to begin commercial production. The standardized and modular design of the units provides many benefits, such as cost efficiency, compact layout and simpler operations and maintenance. The overall investment will be around €28 million.

“The expansion of our business in Mexico alongside companies like Ternium and Tenigal, reflects upon Air Liquide’s growing presence in northern Mexico. This country is the 15th largest economy in the world, and growth in its industrial gas market is expected to continue well into the future due to robust industrial and manufacturing activity in the northern states. Developing Economies are a growth driver for the Air Liquide Group,” said Michael Graff, President and CEO, American Air Liquide Holdings.

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