Air Separation Linde Builds Indonesia’s Largest Air Separation Unit

Editor: Dr. Jörg Kempf

The technology group The Linde Group has closed a long-term deal to supply the Indonesian steel corporation PT. Krakatau Posco (PTKP) with industrial gases. Linde will invest around € 88 million in constructing the country’s largest air separation unit (ASU) at Cilegon, around 100 kilometres west of Jakarta.

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(Picture: Linde)
(Picture: Linde)

Munich/Germany – PT. Linde Indonesia, member of The Linde Group in Indonesia, and PTKP recently signed an agreement to this effect. PTKP is a joint venture between the South Korean steel corporation Posco and Krakatau Steel.

“This on-site project is Linde’s largest single investment in Indonesia to date,” said Sanjiv Lamba, Member of the Executive Board of Linde and responsible for the company’s business in Asia. “We are thus consolidating our position in one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia. This move is another milestone in our strategy to systematically build our business in Asia's emerging economies.”

PTKP is constructing the first integrated steelworks in Southeast Asia at Cilegon. Annual production capacity is initially set at three million tonnes of steel. To supply the steelworks with gases on site, Linde’s Engineering Division will plan and construct a new ASU with a daily capacity of around 2,000 tonnes of oxygen. In addition to gaseous products for the steelworks, the new ASU will also generate oxygen, nitrogen and argon in liquid form for the local market. This will ensure a steady supply of these gases to meet rising demand for industrial gases in Western Java. The ASU is scheduled to go on stream in October 2013.