Linde wins €1bn contract extension from Total in Germany
Germany-based Linde Gases has signed a €1bn contract with Total Raffinerie Mitteldeutschland to extend their existing partnership by a further 15 years.
The new deal will be effective from 1 January next year, strengthening the two-decade partnership between the companies.
The deal will see Linde supply oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen from its local facilities for Total in Germany.
Linde has been supplying these gases to the Total refinery in Leuna since it started operations in 1997.
Total’s central Germany location is understood to be Linde’s largest single customer in the country, with an annual consumption of more than 560 million standard cubic metres of oxygen, over 180 million standard cubic metres of hydrogen and 120 million standard cubic metres of nitrogen.
Total Raffinerie Mitteldeutschland managing director Dr Willi Frantz said: "With the newly agreed provisions, we will continue our long-term collaboration over the course of two decades. We are pleased to continue our partner-like relationship and constructive cooperation."
As part of the deal, the company will also cover the operation of a gas separation plant at the refinery site, which recovers carbon dioxide (CO2) from the refinery’s flue gases for resale to Linde customers.
Linde’s Gases Division Central Europe head Olaf Reckenhofer said: “We are delighted to be further investing in our long-standing and successful collaboration with Total in Leuna.
"While our Remote Operation Center at this site is of international significance to us, local long-term contracts remain the bedrock of our business there."
Image: Linde to provide oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen for Total in Germany. Photo: courtesy of The Linde Group.