Gases: Air Separation

Linde Builds Air Separation Units for Indian Tata Steel

07/20/2012 | Editor: Dominik Stephan

Industrial gas specialist Linde provides ASUs for Indian steel production.
Industrial gas specialist Linde provides ASUs for Indian steel production. (Picture: Linde)

Gases specialists Linde will build two major air separation units at the Kalinganagar industrial complex in Odisha, India, for Tata Steel, one of the world's largest steel manufacturers. Linde will be investing € 80 million in this project.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue our long-term partnership with Tata Steel through this project,” explains Sanjiv Lamba, Member of the Executive Board of Linde responsible for Asia. The air separation units are part of a long-term, on-site gases supply contract for a new integrated steelworks that Tata is currently building in Kalinganagar.

Each of the two new air separation plants will be capable of producing 1,200 tonnes of gaseous oxygen, nitrogen and argon per day and are scheduled for operation in 2014. The units will also produce liquid gases for the regional market. In a further step, Linde intends to lay an extensive network of pipelines at the Kalinganagar industrial complex in order to supply other steel producers with industrial gases in the future. In total, the company plans to invest around € 80 million in long terms.

Linde Plans to Become Leading Gas Supplier in India

“This investment enables us to strengthen our position as the leading gases provider in the fast-growing Indian market. Our aim is to remain part of the Kalinganagar industrial complex expansion story as it evolves into an important steel hub,” Lamba continues.

Tata’s new blast furnace based steel plant is also set to go on stream in 2014. It will initially produce three million tonnes of steel per year. The company aims to increase capacity in the medium term to 12 million tonnes per year. The new steelworks is the first production facility of its kind to be built in India in 15 years.

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