Air Liquide invest €60 million in air separation unit in Australia

Air Liquide to invest €60 million in air separation unit in Australia

11:20 AM, 3rd February 2015
Air Liquide to invest €60 million in air separation unit in Australia

PARIS, FRANCE: Air Liquide announced a new long-term agreement in Australia with Nyrstar, an integrated mining and metals company. Air Liquide will invest €60 million in a new state-of-the-art Air Separation Unit (ASU) as part of Nyrstar’s Redevelopment Project at its Port Pirie site. This project is designed to convert Nyrstar’s smelter into an advanced polymetallic recovery and recycling facility, in order to reduce the environmental footprint of the site and to enhance both efficiency and production capabilities.

Under the newly expanded partnership and to support Nyrstar’s ambition of bringing world-class industry to the South Australia region, Air Liquide will supply oxygen and nitrogen to the new industrial process for Nyrstar’s advanced polymetallic recovery and recycling facility.

The new ASU, for which the investment decision was taken end of 2014, will have a total capacity of 1,400 tonne per day. Designed and built by Air Liquide Engineering and Construction teams using leading technologies to offer energy efficiency as well as optimal performance and safety, it is scheduled to start operation in mid-2016.

“We thank Nyrstar for its renewed trust in Air Liquide and for the long-term partnership we have been building together. With this investment, Air Liquide is reinforcing its presence in Australia by expanding the Group’s offer to Large Industry customers, and affirming the value and competitiveness of our solutions. We are also proud that this project both contributes to reducing the environmental footprint while strengthening the industrial foundation of South Australia,” said Francois Venet, Vice-President, Asia Pacific and Member of Executive Committee, Air Liquide.


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