Air Liquide supply industrial gases Sasol in Johannesburg, South Africa

Air Liquide to supply industrial gases to Sasol in Johannesburg, South Africa

6:51 AM, 26th February 2015
Air Liquide to supply industrial gases to Sasol in Johannesburg, South Africa

PARIS, FRANCE/JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA: Air Liquide and Sasol, an international integrated energy and chemicals company, have signed a long-term agreement for the supply of large quantities of industrial gases to Sasol’s Secunda site, around 140 km East of Johannesburg, South Africa. Air Liquide will invest around €200 million for the construction of the largest air separation unit (ASU) ever built, with total capacity of 5,000 tonne of oxygen per day (equivalent to 5,800 tonne per day at sea level), a milestone in the history of industrial gas production.

Air Liquide and Sasol have a long partnership history as the Group has already provided several ASUs on this site over the last 40 years. This contract represents an important step forward in this partnership as it is the first time that Sasol will outsource its oxygen needs to a specialist of industrial gas production at its Secunda site. The oxygen provided by Air Liquide will be used by Sasol for the production of synthetic fuels.

Air Liquide will design, build, own and operate this new ASU, bringing Sasol its world class expertise in oxygen supply. The Air Liquide Engineering and Construction teams will bring their state-of-the-art technologies for this very large ASU, thereby providing benchmark efficiencies, reliability and safety while increasing production capacities. The new ASU expected to be commissioned by December 2017 will also add for Air Liquide a new source of oxygen and argon to supply the growing industrial gas market in South Africa.

“Air Liquide is very pleased to strengthen its relationship with its longstanding business partner, Sasol, and to reaffirm its commitment to South Africa. The cutting edge technology which will be implemented on this project confirms our leadership in oxygen production technology, and we are extremely proud to announce the achievement of another major milestone in the history of the Group,” said Benoit Potier, Chairman and CEO, Air Liquide.


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