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October 30, 2014

Messer to build third ASU in Vietnam

Gerald Ondrey

Messer Group (Bad Soden/Frankfurt, Germany; is building its third gasses production plant in Vietnam. The new contract for oxygen and nitrogen that Hoa Phat Steel, the largest steel producer in Vietnam, signed in October with Messer, will run for a period of 25 years. With a third air separation unit (ASU) for the production of oxygen, nitrogen and argon, Messer secures its leadership position in the North Vietnamese market for the long term.

From 2016, Messer will be directly supplying the steelwork by pipeline with 22,000 m3/h of gaseous oxygen and 30,000 m3/h of nitrogen. The capacity of the three ASUs is sufficient to supply this volume of gas. Messer is utilizing the existing production infrastructure for the third plant, which saves money and conserves resources. Messer also operates the only production facility in the country for certified food-grade carbon dioxide, as used in carbonated beverages or for cooling and freezing food.

The Hoa Phat Steel Group is currently the most profitable steel manufacturer in Vietnam and produces 1.15 million ton/yr of steel, 850,000 tons of which are produced in Hai Duong. Construction of the third blast furnace has now begun and should be completed in March 2016. In future, the market leader will have an increased annual production capacity of around 2 million metric tons. Hoa Phat is the only steelmaker in Vietnam that produces a variety of different high-quality steel bars.


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