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Air Liquide to build two ASUs in Saudi Arabia  

By Gerald Ondrey |

Saudi Aramco (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; www.saudiaramco.com) and Air Liquide Arabia (www.airliquide.com) have signed a new long-term nitrogen supply agreement for Saudi Aramco’s operations in Qurayyah, in the Eastern Province. This nitrogen will be used by Saudi Aramco in the processing of seawater related to oil production. Under the terms of the agreement, Air Liquide Arabia will invest more than $35 million (more than €25 million) in two air-separation units (ASUs) with a total production capacity of 500 metric tons per day. The facility will be designed and built by Air Liquide Engineering teams and commissioned in 2012. It will also support growing industrial merchant needs in the Eastern Province. This new contract follows Air Liquide Arabia’s signature of a hydrogen supply agreement in September 2010 for Saudi Aramco’s large-scale refinery in Yanbu. Also in Saudi Arabia, Air Liquide Al Khafrah Industrial Gases has started up a new high-purity filling center in Dammam to deliver specialty gases to its key petrochemical customers. The investment amount for these new capabilities and the supply chain for bulk gases is $10 million (more than €7 million).    
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