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Linde to supply air gases to Chinese chemicals producer  

By Gerald Ondrey |

The Linde Group (Munich, Germany; www.linde.com) has been selected to supply air gases to chemicals producer Dahua Group on Songmu Island in Dalian, Northeast China. Linde will be investing around €70 million in the project. An agreement outlining the terms of the deal was recently signed by both parties. Dahua Group belongs to the country’s leading top ten soda ash producers. Under the terms of this on-site agreement, Linde acquires the customer’s two existing air separation units (ASUs) in Dalian, and will operate these. In addition, Linde’s Engineering Division will build a new ASU on site with a production capacity of 38,000  Nm3/h of oxygen. Scheduled to go on stream in 2014, the new ASU will replace the two older plants, also meeting rising demand for gaseous oxygen at Dahua’s operations. The new arrangement gives the customer a much greater degree of reliability in its gas supply. The new ASU will also produce surplus liquid gases for the regional market.  As part of the contract agreement, the upgraded gas production facility will be jointly managed by a newly formed 50:50 joint-venture gases company between Linde and Dahua. Linde-Dahua (Dalian) Gases Co. will as well offer industrial…
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