Air Separation Air Liquide Builds 3,000 Tons/Day Air Separation Unit in China

Editor: Dominik Stephan

The industrial gas specialists of Air Liquide have big plans in China: Not only does the company plan the country's largest air separation unit, it also announces further investments.

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Air Liquide plans to build the largest air separaton unit in China for a project of Sinopec. (Picture: Air Liquide)
Air Liquide plans to build the largest air separaton unit in China for a project of Sinopec. (Picture: Air Liquide)

Shanghai/PR China & Paris/France – Air Liquide will supply gaseous nitrogen and hydrogen for a Chinese coal–to–hydrogen gasification project in Maoming, Guangdong province, China. The project at a local Sinopec (Asia’s largest petroleum and petrochemical group) refinery is regarded as one of the major Sinopec operation by industry insiders. It will help the company to produce cleaner fuels meeting higher environmental standards. After completion, the Maoming refinery will be one of the biggest refineries in China with a capacity of over 20 million tons of refined oil per year.

For this project, Air Liquide will invest in a new air separation unit (ASU) in China. The 3,000 tons of oxygen per day faciity will be the largest Chinese ASU, company speakers say. After its commission in 2013, the site will also produce liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon for the Chinese Market. It will be designed and build by Air Liquide's Chinese engineering centre, Air Liquide Hangzhou. Sinopec air separation units supplying the Maoming refinery and the new supply project are further subject of 50/50 joint venture of the two companies.

“Another Milestone for Air Liquide in China’s Refining Industry“

Already in December 2007, Air Liquide and Sinopec's Tianjin Petroleum Chemical Corporation set up an equal shares joint venture, to supply oxygen and nitrogen to TPCC’s new 1 million-ton per year ethylene

cracker and downstream units. Air Liquide also supplies the Qingdao Refinery of Sinopec.

Yu Xizhi, General Manager of MPCC, said: “MPCC refinery revamping and expansion is a key national project. We have chosen Air Liquide as our partner to benefit from its state-of-the-art technology and excellence in operational management, to ensure a safe, efficient and reliable gas supply. We see a bright future for a win-win partnership with Air Liquide, the world leading industrial gas supplier.”

“This is a new step in our relationship with Sinopec and another milestone for Air Liquide in China’s refining industry,“ Jean-Marc de Royere, Senior Vice-President Asia Pacific and a member of the

Air Liquide Executive Committee, said. “We are very pleased to partner with MPCC in this major project and to participate to the dynamic and growing Southern China market. Air Liquide remains committed to the Chinese market in offering comprehensive solutions with leading-edge technologies. Developing Economies are a growth driver of the Air Liquide group.”