Linde to build $200m air separation unit, gas train in Texas

30 May 2013 18:25  [Source: ICIS news]

Linde to build $200m air separation unit, gas train in TexasHOUSTON (ICIS)--Linde North America plans to build an air separation unit and gasification train along with supporting equipment and facilities in La Porte, Texas, the company announced on Thursday.

The project will cost $200m (€154m), with the plants scheduled to come on line in Q1 2015, the industrial gas producer said in a press release.

The separation unit will be the largest operated by Linde in the US. When paired with the gasification plant, it will create what the company calls the world’s largest gas-based partial oxidation complex for the production of synthesis gas (syngas) products for petrochemicals.

The syngas products will be sent by pipeline to a “key customer”, Linde said. The company did not name the buyer.

“With the new plants, Linde will have a fully integrated presence in the Houston area that covers air gases and synthesis gas products production and supply to our customers,” said Dr. Rainer Schlicher, the company’s head of global business unit, tonnage.

The separation unit will produce oxygen and nitrogen for the gasification assets at the La Porte site, the company said.

The gasifier will convert natural gas to syngas and other products such as carbon monoxide (CO), hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2), which then can be used to make methanol, downstream chemicals and transportation fuels.

“This latest venture, coupled with our unique portfolio of industrial gas and hydrocarbons technology, engineering and operations capabilities, will allow Linde to better serve the petrochemicals industry that is being driven to new heights by the shale gas revolution,” said Pat Murphy, president of Linde North America.

($1 = €0.77)

By: Jeremy Pafford
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