Air Products signs industrial gases supply contract with Grupa

Air Products signs industrial gases supply contract with Grupa

8:03 AM, 29th November 2016

LEHIGH VALLEY, US: Air Products in Poland and Grupa Azoty Zaklady Azotowe Kedzierzyn SA, part of Grupa Azoty have signed a long-term agreement for the supply of oxygen and nitrogen.

Grupa Azoty is the second largest producer of mineral fertilisers in the European Union.

The contract will remain valid until the end of 2035 and extends cooperation between the companies which dates back to 1997. This also secures Air Products’ position as a key supplier to major industries in Poland.

Under the contract, Air Products will provide oxygen and nitrogen gas to the Grupa’s plant, as well as liquid oxygen and nitrogen to other customers in Poland. The project will be implemented on the basis of an upgrade of Air Products’ production facility which, with a capacity of approximately 2,000 tonnes per day, is one of the largest of its kind in Poland.

Industrial gases supplied by Air Products are used by Grupa Azoty Zaklady Azotowe Kedzierzyn SA for the production of ammonia, OXO alcohols and in auxiliary processes. Nitrogen is also used to ensure the safety of production facilities on-site.

Liquid nitrogen has a number of applications due to its unique properties. It’s very low temperature allows it to be used for quick food freezing, ice cream manufacture and packaging of food products (eg snacks or drinks). It is also used for cryotherapy, production of plastic, metal processing and for the production of artificial snow.

Liquid oxygen is used by hospitals, for water treatment, and for oxygenating the water in fish farms. Oxygen is also used to improve quality and efficiency in the production of metals and glass.

“This new contract extends our commitment to supply gases critical to our customer’s operations. The plant in Kedzierzyn–Kozle (Poland) is the largest Air Products production unit in Central Europe,” said Piotr Wieczorek, VP, Air Products Central Europe.

“A contract with such a large and reliable partner as Air Products guarantees a stable supply of industrial gases for the needs of our business in Kedzierzyn,” stated Mariusz Bober, CEO of Grupa Azoty.

“Along with signing the agreement, the Air Products production plant will also be modernised. This is particularly important since our company uses such a significant amount of industrial gases," said Mateusz Gramza, president of the management board of Grupa Azoty Zaklady Azotowe Kedzierzyn.

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