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Commissioning of a new O2 production unit in Italy

By Gerald Ondrey |

Air Liquide (Paris; www.airliquide.com) announces the commissioning of a new high-pressure and high-purity gaseous oxygen production unit in Italy. It was installed in Castelnuovo del Garda, near Verona, where Air Liquide already operates another air separation unit. With a production capacity of around 800 metric tons (m.t.) per day, the new unit will bring the total production capacity on this site to 1,100 m.t./d of oxygen. The total investment amounts to around €40 million (announced June 5, 2008). This new production capacity will enable Air Liquide to meet the increasing demand of its customers who are connected to the 700-km long pipeline network that extends into Po Valley, between Genoa and Padua. This network notably supplies the steelmaker Arvedi, located in Cremona, as well as many customers in northern Italy. This new standardized “YangO2 unit” was designed and built by Air Liquide Hangzhou, Air Liquide’s Engineering & Construction center in China. It is the first production unit of its kind to be installed in Europe. Augustin de Roubin, vice-president Southern and Eastern Europe of the Air Liquide Group and member of the executive committee, commented: “The decision to invest in a new…
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