Praxair starts new air separation unit in Burns Harbor, US

Praxair starts new air separation unit in Burns Harbor, US

6:32 AM, 18th April 2017
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DANBURY, US: Praxair Inc (PX) said that it has started up a world-scale air separation unit (ASU) at its Burns Harbor, Indiana site. The 2,400-tonne-per-day ASU is part of Praxair’s ongoing investment in the company’s north-west Indiana operations.

It will help further improve efficiency and continue to provide the reliable supply of pipeline oxygen and nitrogen required by refining and steel customers in the region.

Over half of the operating iron blast furnaces in US are located in north-west Indiana and supplied from Praxair’s 130-mile pipeline system. Increased use of oxygen in many applications enables improvement in productivity and efficiency, which is a key objective of steel producers and refineries seeking to optimise their production assets.

Moreover, in recent years, customers have invested in their technology and infrastructure to further improve their long-term competitiveness in their respective industries.

“This investment further strengthens Praxair’s supply reliability in the region, enabling us to help our customers grow and be more efficient. We also welcome new customers, who require large volumes of oxygen, nitrogen or hydrogen, to investigate the benefits of supply from Praxair’s pipeline system, which runs through several sites in Indiana and Illinois that are readily available for development,” said Joe Abdoo, north region VP of Praxair’s US industrial gases business.

“We appreciate the relentless efforts of our project team, contractors and employees, as well as the support we have received from the Town of Burns Harbor over the last two years to bring this ASU on-line,” added Abdoo.

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