US Praxair starts up large-scale air separation plant in Russia

11 December 2012 15:03  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Praxair has started up operations at its first large-scale air separation plant in Russia, the US-based industrial gases major said on Tuesday.

The 350 tonne/day plant will produce oxygen, nitrogen and compressed air for Kaustik, a division of Russia’s chemical producer Nikochem Group. The plant is located in Volgograd, southern Russia.

The new plant will also supply merchant products to local markets such as metals, metal fabrication, glass, automotive, food, electronics and healthcare, Praxair said.

“The Volgograd facility represents our vision to become a world-class industrial gases organisation in Russia,” said Todd Skare, president of Praxair Europe.

“The start-up of this plant will allow Praxair to efficiently and reliably supply Kaustik, while also supplying liquefied and packaged gas products in the region and nearby areas where we see enormous potential for growth," Skare added.

Financial details were not disclosed.

Praxair has invested in four major projects in Russia with a combined production capacity of more than 3,500 tonnes/day of gaseous and liquid oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and argon, it said.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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