World’s largest oxygen unit

Sasol Group is planning to construct the world’s largest oxygen unit. The new oxygen unit, which is to be installed for Sasol, at its Secunda plant in South Africa, by Air Liquide of France, will have a daily capacity of 3,550 tons of oxygen with a purity of 98.5%. This will make it the biggest oxygen production unit in the world. Fourteen oxygen units are already in operation at Secunda. The new 15th oxygen unit, which will be driven by an electric power supply, will incorporate state-of-the-art technology and will be more energy efficient than the exisiting 14 units. The new unit will also allow for a higher gas conversion ratio, more stable plant operating conditions, and a possible expansion of synthesis gas production in the future, based on market demand for fuels and chemicals. Basic engineering for the unit was scheduled for completion by the end of March this year and commissioning is expected to take place in January 2003.

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