Air Separation Air Products Starts Construction in South Africa's Eastern Cape Region

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Air Products' plan to establish an industrial gas supply in South Africa's Eastern Cape region has come one step closer to reality: The company broke ground for the construction of a new Air Separation Unit for the province in the Coega Development Corporation’s Industrial Development Zone (IDZ).

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Air separation is the basic production method for various industrial gases
Air separation is the basic production method for various industrial gases
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Coega/South Africa – “When our feasibility study into the Eastern Cape showed that there was a high level of customer demand in this region, we spared no time. This reality set the wheels in motion for what is now a very proud, R300 million investment into South Africa’s leading Industrial Development Zone, Coega,” comments Mike Hellyar, Managing Director for Air Products South Africa.

Establishing Industrial Gases in South Africa

The new Air Separation Unit (ASU) will be the first of its kind in the Eastern Cape and will bring increased economic development opportunities to the region. According to the company, the first phase R300-million investment will bring stability to the local gas sector and makes business sense given the industrial growth on track in the Eastern Cape. Air Products conducted a comprehensive market review and business case ahead of committing to the long term lease at the Coega IDZ.

Oxygen and Nitrogen Core Products at Coega

Air Products will design and construct a high efficiency and reliability plant that produces liquid oxygen and nitrogen – as well as installing strategic product storage facility on site for critical customers in the Eastern Cape – and has committed to using, as far as possible, local material and equipment suppliers in the construction of the air separation unit.

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