Linde expands east

Linde AG (Wiesbaden, Germany) is investing EUR 100 million in three new air separation plants in eastern Europe. The plants will be operated by Linde Gas at the sites of three major customers located in the Czech Republic and Romania. With a total output of around 2000 tons of oxygen per day, the plants will supply major consumers with gaseous oxygen and nitrogen via a pipeline. Furthermore, the three plants will be able to produce a total of 700 tons of liquid oxygen and nitrogen per day, which, as liquefied or compressed gas, will be delivered to regional customers in cylinders. The largest of the three air separation plants is being installed by Linde Engineering in Vresova in the west of the Czech Republic, and will pipe oxygen and nitrogen to Sokolovská Uhelná from 2005. Sokolovská Uhelná needs the oxygen to gasify and partially oxidise lignite. During this process, a synthetic gas is produced that will be used as fuel for a steam and gas power station. The plant also has a liquefaction output of 300 tons of liquid gases per day, which will be sold on the Czech and SE German markets.
The third air separation plant is currently being installed by Linde Engineering at Gaz Romania S.R.L. in the Romanian town of Ramnicu Valcea. The plant will pipe oxygen and nitrogen to the chemicals firm Oltchim SA from 2005. These gases are needed to produce VCM (vinyl chloride monomer), the parent compound of PVC. The Romanian gas market will also be supplied with 200 tons of liquified gases per day. This plant is the first modern air separation and gas liquefaction installation to be built since Romania became a parliamentary republic in 1990.
CONTACT Klaus Schönfeld, press, +49 611 770-320

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