Airgas build new air separation unit in Chicago

Airgas to build new air separation unit in Chicago

10:00 AM, 21st September 2012
Airgas to build new air separation unit in Chicago
Michael Molinini, President and Chief Executive Officer, Airgas.

RADNOR, US: Airgas Inc plans to build a new air separation unit (ASU) in the Chicago area in order to meet increasing demand for merchant gases in the region. The ASU, which will produce oxygen, nitrogen and argon, is expected to begin production in the fall of 2014.

“The market for atmospheric gases is strong in the Midwest and we fully expect it to continue. Because of increased demand, now is the right time to add to our production capabilities in order to meet the merchant gas needs of customers in the Midwest,” said Michael Molinini, President and Chief Executive Officer, Airgas.

As the nation’s largest supplier of industrial, specialty, and medical gases, Airgas currently provides bulk gas supply of oxygen, nitrogen, and argon through its 16 air separation units nationwide, making Airgas the fifth largest producer of atmospheric gases in North America. The proposed Airgas plant in the Chicago area will produce more than 400 tonne per day of oxygen, nitrogen, and argon.

“We will operate the new plant within our Airgas Merchant Gases business unit, which has the proven expertise to run the production plant. Airgas Merchant Gases has an excellent track record managing our network of air separation plants, our procurement and supplier relationships, and the logistics and distribution of atmospheric gases,” said Tom Thoman, Division President–Gases, Airgas.

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