Oxygen Production Major Contract for Oxygen Production in South Africa
Air Liquide signed an agreement to provide industrial gases to Sasol’s Secunda site in South Africa. They will invest around € 200 million for the construction of an Air Separation Unit, with a total capacity of 5,000 tonnes oxygen per day.
Paris/France, Johannesburg/South-Africa — Air Liquide has signed a long-term agreement with Sasol, an international integrated energy and chemicals company. Air Liquide will supply large quantities of industrial gases to Sasol’s Secunda site (140 km East of Johannesburg). They will invest around € 200 million for the construction of the large Air Separation Unit (ASU), with total capacity of 5,000 tonnes of oxygen per day (equivalent to 5,800 tonnes per day at sea level. The signing ceremony took place in Johannesburg.
The partnership history has a long history as the Air Liquide has already provided several ASUs for this site over the last 40 years. This contract represents an important step forward in this partnership as it is the first time that Sasol will outsource its oxygen needs to a specialist of industrial gas production at its Secunda site. The oxygen provided by Air Liquide will be used by Sasol for the production of synthetic fuels.
Air Liquide will design, build, own and operate this new ASU. Expected to be commissioned by December 2017, the ASU will also provide Air Liquide with a new source of oxygen and argon to supply the growing industrial gas market in South Africa.
Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO of Air Liquide commented: “Air Liquide is very pleased to strengthen its relationship with its longstanding business partner, Sasol, and to reaffirm its commitment to South Africa. The cutting edge technology which will be implemented on this project confirms our leadership in oxygen production technology, and we are extremely proud to announce the achievement of another major milestone in the history of the Group."
David E. Constable, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sasol, commented: “Air Liquide is a long-term technology partner of Sasol. The implementation and operation of this new large ASU by Air Liquide brings world-class expertise to our Secunda site and guarantees a long-term reliable and competitive source of oxygen. And as South Africa is the cornerstone of our global operations, the efficiency this project brings to Sasol will contribute to the South African economy and to the country as a whole.”