Linde build air separation unit in La Porte, Texas

Linde to build air separation unit in La Porte, Texas

9:44 AM, 3rd June 2013
Linde to build air separation unit in La Porte, Texas

MUNICH, GERMANY: The Linde Group will invest more than $200 million to build a large, state-of-the-art air separation unit (ASU), a new gasification train and supporting equipment and facilities in La Porte, Texas, US. The new plants are scheduled to come on-stream in the course of 2015.

The ASU will be the largest operated by Linde in the US and the addition of a new gasification plant will create the world’s largest natural gas based partial oxidation complex for the production of syngas products for petrochemicals. With the new plants, Linde will have a fully integrated presence in the Houston area that covers air gases and synthesis gas products production and supply to its customers.

The air gases (oxygen and nitrogen) produced by the new ASU will supply the gasification assets at the La Porte site. The new gasifier will convert natural gas into syngas and constituent products such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen and carbon dioxide which are used to produce methanol, downstream chemicals and cleaner transportation fuels.

“Linde is the leading syngas supplier in this region. This expansion project will allow us to support our customers at the La Porte petrochemical hub even more effectively. This is important in view of the shale gas which is providing huge growth momentum in this sector,” said Tom Blades, Member of the Executive Board, responsible for the business in the Americas, Linde AG.

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