Linde breaks ground on air separation unit in Texas

26 June 2013 19:09  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Linde North America broke ground on Wednesday for its new air separation unit in La Porte, Texas, the company announced.

The unit is part of a $200m (€152m) project that includes a gasification train and supporting equipment and facilities, Linde said in a news release.

The entire operation should come on line by Q1 2015, the company said.

Linde has said that the separation unit will be the largest operated by it 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 has not disclosed the buyer.

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

($1 = €0.76)

By: Jeremy Pafford
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