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Linde to invest in largest ASU in India

By Gerald Ondrey |

The Linde Group (Munich, Germany; www.linde.com) today announced it will build and commission a state-of-the-art 2,550 metric ton per day (m.t./d) air separation unit (ASU) at Tata Steel Ltd’s plant in Jamshedpur, India. Tata Steel is one of the world’s leading steelmakers. Once commissioned in early 2012, this will be the largest air separation plant in India and one of Linde’s largest in Asia. The investment for the new ASU amounts to nearly €85 million, bringing Linde’s total investment in India over the last three years to approximately €285 million.   The announcement follows The Linde Group’s signing of a long-term contract with Tata Steel for the supply of over 4,000 m.t./d of gaseous oxygen, nitrogen and argon. The new ASU will cater to Tata Steel’s current expansion of its world-class steel making facility in Jamshedpur. The expansion will increase the plant’s steel making capacity to 10-million m.t./yr. As part of the agreement, Linde will also acquire and operate three existing ASUs owned by Tata Steel for the supply of gases to their Jamshedpur works. In addition to meeting Tata Steel’s gases requirements, the new plant will also produce liquid products to meet…
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