Air Separation Airgas to Build New Air Separation Unit in Alabama
Airgas has signed a long-term agreement to build an air separation unit (ASU) to supply tonnage oxygen, nitrogen and argon via pipeline to Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa, a subsidiary of Nucor Corporation, at its steel manufacturing plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Radnor, Pa./USA – Airgas’ new large-scale ASU will be constructed adjacent to the existing Nucor facility and is expected to be on-stream in the spring of 2017. The ASU will also produce oxygen, nitrogen, and argon to support the region’s merchant bulk gas market.
“Airgas has been very responsive in understanding and formulating solutions to our gas supply needs and, through the new ASU, will provide Nucor with an innovative and highly reliable long-term supply system,” said Randy Skagen, Vice President and General Manager of Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa. “We look forward to a successful relationship with Airgas.”
“On behalf of the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority board of directors, I would like to congratulate Airgas on its announcement of a new ASU in Tuscaloosa, Alabama," said Dara Longgrear, Executive Director of the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority. "Our community is proud to support Airgas and Nucor Steel and we look forward to future opportunities and growth in Tuscaloosa through this new facility.”
Airgas currently owns and operates 16 ASUs and is the fifth-largest producer of atmospheric gases in the U.S. The Company’s full range of gas supply modes — from cylinders and dewars to microbulk, bulk, and on-site — enables its customers to optimize their production processes through the gas supply mode that most effectively and efficiently meets their needs.
“The new plant will be operated by Airgas Merchant Gases, which manages Airgas’ network of ASUs, sourcing options for all major gases, and bulk gas distribution logistics,” said Thomas S. Thoman, Airgas Division President – Gases Production. “Our investment in new production capabilities in Tuscaloosa will provide supply security to Nucor and strengthen our gas supply chain to ensure long-term reliability for our packaged and merchant gas customers throughout the region.”