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Air Liquide invests in new ASU in China  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Air Liquide (Paris, France; www.airliquide.com) and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec; Beijing, China; www.sinopec.com.cn) have agreed on the supply of gaseous oxygen and nitrogen to Maoming branch of Sinopec (MPCC) 200,000-Nm3/h coal-to-hydrogen project and existing refinery in Maoming, Guangdong province, China. This refinery expansion project by MPCC is one of the major projects of Sinopec, and will enable MPCC to produce cleaner fuels meeting higher environmental standards. After completion of the project, MPCC will become one of the biggest refineries in China with a capacity exceeding 20-million ton/yr of oil refining . The supply will be based on the investment in a new ASU with a capacity of 3,000 metric tons of oxygen per day which will be the largest ASU to be built in China. The new ASU, expected to be commissioned in the first half of 2013, will also produce liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon to meet the strong and growing demand in the industrial merchant market in South China. This very large ASU will be designed and manufactured by Air Liquide Hangzhou, Air Liquide s engineering center in China, using the Group s latest technologies providing both high reliability and energy efficiency. For the gas supply…
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