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Air Liquide starts new air separation unit work in Russia

18 May 2012

Air Liquide has started work on a new air separation unit (ASU) in the special economic zone of Alabuga, Tatarstan, Russia.

The ASU will produce 200tpd of oxygen and nitrogen to supply to industrial customers in the region.

"Air Liquide's overall investment for the production facilities and the supply chain altogether is around €35m."

The ASU comes in fully packaged modules and provides benefits including a compact design and layout and simpler operations and maintenance, according to Air Liquide.

Guy Salzgeber, Air Liquide vice president, said with this latest development, the company will be able to expand its industrial merchant offer in one of Russia's fastest-growing regions.

"This investment is in line with the group's programme of targeted investments in expanding industrial basins in developing economies," Salzgeber added.

The company is planning to further develop its business in Alabuga by creating a pipeline network and developing the supply chain for its customers.

Air Liquide's overall investment for the production facilities and the supply chain altogether is around €35m.

In 2010, Air Liquide supplied 40tpd of gaseous oxygen to Preiss-Daimler-Tatneft's fibreglass production unit.