Praxair build new nitrogen plant in US

Praxair to build new nitrogen plant in US

7:28 AM, 15th November 2012
Praxair to build new nitrogen plant in US

DANBURY, US: Praxair Inc has signed a long-term contract with Mesabi Nugget LLC to construct and operate a new plant at Mesabi’s Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota, iron nugget facility. The plant will supply nitrogen to provide an inert atmosphere for various aspects of the nugget production process, replacing previous liquid nitrogen supply.

Praxair will build and operate the plant at Mesabi’s facility in Hoyt Lakes, which produces the world’s first and only iron nuggets that are pure enough to meet the pig iron specification for US mini-mill steel production. The plant will produce approximately 50 tonne per day of nitrogen and is scheduled to start-up by the end of 2012 to support the continued growing demand for iron nuggets.

“Praxair continues to make investments in Minnesota to maintain reliable supply to our customers and meet growing demand for product in the region. Our new plant will provide Mesabi Nugget with on site supply, reliability and efficiency,” said Joe Abdoo, Regional Vice President, Praxair.

“Praxair is bringing their gas and engineering expertise to our Aurora/Hoyt Lakes facility. In designing the plant, they centered their attention on the best way to achieve the long-term goals of our operation,” said Jeff Hansen, Plant Manager, Mesabi Nugget.

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