Linde and Evonik to expand membrane production facility in Austria


Construction has started on Evonik’s membrane-based gas production facility in Schörfling, Austria, as part of a joint project with technology company Linde.

The collaboration is based on the Evonik's polymer-based membrane technology that will be used for gas separation, as well as purification plants of Linde’s engineering division.

The partnership will help Linde combine all the relevant gas separation processes within one company.

Linde engineering division head of the adsorption and membrane plants product line Tobias Keller said: “Evonik's high-selectivity membrane in combination with our other established gas separation technologies, such as our world-class adsorption technology, allows us an extraordinary flexibility in the development and application of new and more efficient purification processes.

"The combination offers the ideal conditions to jointly develop new markets for gas separation."

“We are thus strengthening our position as the leading company for gas separation technologies over the entire lifecycle of a plant.”

With the help of selective gas separation process Evonik’s SEPURAN membranes efficiently isolated in pure form from gas mixtures.

The new plant is anticipated to process 250,000m3 of crude gas every day, producing industrial-quality helium with 99.999% purity.

Evonik’s fibres membranes and specialties product line head Axel Kobus said: “The synergies arising from the collaboration between our two companies are evident: The translation of our profund polymer and technology expertise into a powerful and wide-ranging membrane product portfolio perfectly complements Linde’s high expertise in plant engineering and gas separation.

“The combination offers the ideal conditions to jointly develop new markets for gas separation."