Industrial gases firm Praxair has unveiled plans to build a nitrogen plan in Kirtland, New Mexico, US, to further expand its production capabilities.
Praxair said that the demand for nitrogen will continue to increase as oil and gas operators develop new resources in the San Juan Basin, which includes south-western Colorado, north-western New Mexico and areas in Arizona and Utah.
Praxair US industrial gases business west region vice-president Gerald Miller said: "Our new plant will increase our supply in the San Juan Basin, helping us meet customer requirements for pipeline and liquid nitrogen.
"Our continued investment in this area is possible, in part, because of the support we receive from local and state government."
In June, Praxair commenced operation of its non-cryogenic vacuum-pressure-swing-adsorption (VPSA) plant in Punta Pereira, Uruguay.
Earlier this year, the company acquired the liquid carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, argon and packaged gases businesses of Messer Italia in Italy, and unveiled plans to build and operate a new cryogenic plant in the north-east region of Brazil.
Praxair produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and speciality gases, as well as high-performance surface coatings.