South Africa: ASUs Air Liquide Acquires the Biggest Oxygen Production Site in the World

Editor: Ahlam Rais

Air Liquide has finalized the takeover of 16 Air Separation Units (ASU) from Sasol in Secunda, South Africa and with this, Air Liquide will also operate the biggest oxygen production site in the world.

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Air Liquide will operate the site with a plan to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30 % to 40 % within the next ten years.
Air Liquide will operate the site with a plan to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30 % to 40 % within the next ten years.
(Source: Air Liquide)

Paris/France – Air Liquide has finalized the acquisition of Sasol’s 16 Air Separation Units (ASU) located in Secunda, South Africa announced on July 29, 2020. Air Liquide will operate this site – the biggest oxygen production site in the world – with a plan to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30 % to 40 % within the next ten years. As part of this operation, Air Liquide welcomes the more than 220 employees who will continue to operate these ASUs, joining the Air Liquide team in Secunda, where it.already operates a 17th ASU

The 16 ASUs will be operated by Air Liquide Large Industries South Africa (ALLISA) with a total installed capacity of 42,000 tons per day.

The initial investment is approximately 573 million dollars. Since 2018, Air Liquide has been operating a 17th ASU for Sasol on the Secunda site, with a total production capacity of 5,000 tons per day. The 16 ASUs taken over from Sasol will be integrated in Air Liquide’s accounts.

Air Liquide will bring to the site its expertise in implementing highly mastered operational practices, state of the art technologies, modernization investments and digital capabilities to optimize the operation of the ASUs and the energy consumption. In addition, Air Liquide and Sasol have launched a Request for Proposal (RFP) to pursue supply of 600 MW of renewable energy to the operations in Secunda by 2025. This RFP is part of the joint commitment to pursue procurement of a total of up to 900 MW of renewables by 2030. The implementation of all these solutions will allow Air Liquide to reduce by 30 % to 40 % the CO2 emissions linked to oxygen production within the next 10 years, in line with the Group’s climate commitments.

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