Air Separation Air Liquide Invests in Saudi Arabian Air Separation Plants
Saudi Aramco and Air Liquide Arabia have signed a new long-term nitrogen supply agreement for Saudi Aramco’s operations in Qurayyah, Saudi Arabia. The nitrogen will be used by Saudi Aramco in the processing of seawater related to oil production.
Qurayyah/Saudi Arabia – Air Liquide Arabia will invest more than US $35 million (more than €25 million) in two Air Separation Units with a total production capacity of 500 tonnes per day. The facility will be designed and built by Air Liquide Engineering teams and commissioned in 2012. It will also support growing industrial merchant needs in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province.
Pierre Dufour, Senior Executive Vice-President of Air Liquide supervising the Middle East Zone, commented: “With those new investments, Air Liquide demonstrates its capacity to accompany its customers at all stages of their industrial processes particularly in the main industrial hubs. These investments also reinforce our growing presence in all aspects of the Saudi Arabia economy, where we continue to develop our industrial gas infrastructure in support, not only of the energy sector, a growth driver for Air Liquide, but also in the evolving non-energy sector.”
Air Liquide had already signed an agreement for hydrogren supply facilities for Saudi Aramco’s refinery in Yanbu last September. In Dammam, Air Liquide's Saudi subsidary Al Khafrah Industrial Gases has started up a new filling center in Dammam to provide specialty gases for its key petrochemical customers. US $10 million US dollars (more than €7 million) were invested in the filling capacities and the supply chain for bulk gases.