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Air Liquide makes major investment in Texas  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Air Liquide (Paris, France; www.airliquide.com) has signed a new long term contract with LyondellBasell in the U.S. to provide steam, power, air gases and water to three LyondellBasell sites in the Bayport Industrial District in Pasadena, Texas. This agreement expands Air Liquide’s existing relationship with LyondellBasell, a longstanding global customer and one of the largest plastics, chemicals and fuels companies in the world. Under this new agreement, Air Liquide will re-invest in a state-of-the-art, energy efficient cogeneration unit, increasing its capacity and extending its life by more than 20 years. The facility will have a full capacity of 300 MW of electricity and more than 1,300 metric tons (m.t.) of steam per hour. Air Liquide is also investing in air separation unit (ASU) upgrading and capacity expansion and additional infrastructure at the facility. The overall investment for this facility will be approximately €180 million ($230 million), and was accounted for as a Q1 2013 investment decision. Additional capacity from these investments will also provide for the needs of other customers throughout this Texas regional basin. The Bayport basin is a key industrial hub for major petrochemical and refining activities…
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