20 June 2013 15:14 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Praxair plans to build a second air separation plant and extend its pipeline system in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, the US-based international industrial gases major said on Thursday.
Praxair said the 1,300 tonne/day plant will have the ability to supply oxygen and nitrogen to the majority of chemical companies in the port after starting up in early 2016.
The new facility will also produce liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon for customers in the pharmaceutical, chemical, glass, cement, metal fabrication and food industries in Belgium and the Netherlands, the company added.
"Integrated ports such as Antwerp have remained competitive, in spite of the extended recessionary period in Europe, and we fully expect the port to continue to grow and attract significant new investment in the future," said Todd Skare, president of Praxair Europe.
A number of chemical firms have announced new investments at Antwerp.
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