Praxair to increase supply and extend pipeline system in the Port of Antwerp
By Gerald Ondrey |
Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.; www.praxair.com) says it will build its second air separation plant and extend its pipeline system in the Port of Antwerp, the second largest petrochemical enclave in the world after Houston. The new 1,300-ton/d plant will increase Praxair’s oxygen and nitrogen capacity in the port and expand its business with customers under long-term contracts, including agreements with several leading global companies. Startup of the air separation plant is expected in early 2016.
Praxair’s new plant and extensive pipeline system will have the ability to supply oxygen and nitrogen to the majority of chemical companies in the port. The new facility is also designed to produce liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon to support customers in the pharmaceutical, chemical, glass, cement, metal fabrication and food industries in Belgium and the Netherlands.
According to the Antwerp Port Authority, some of the world’s leading refining, petrochemical and chemical companies have announced more than one billion euro of investments into the Port. The Port Authority also projects an additional €1 billion of investments to be made in the near future.
“The increase of installed capacity, as well as an expansion…