France's Air Liquide signs major gas supply deal with Italy solar JV

06 September 2010 17:30  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Air Liquide has signed a long-term contract to become the sole supplier of gases for Italian solar panel joint venture (JV) 3Sun, it said on Monday.

The deal covers the supply of “very large volumes” of specialty gases, pipeline supply of carrier gases and the provision of all related services, Air Liquide said in a statement.

It would build the entire gas distribution and gas abatement networks on a turnkey basis, the French specialty gases company said.

Air Liquide described the contract as “major” but did not disclose any financial details.

3Sun is a manufacturing JV recently established by Enel Green Power, Sharp Corporation and STMicroelectronics.

It was due to start operating in 2011, producing solar panels at its factory in Catania, Sicily, Air Liquide said.

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