Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP (“Air Liquide”) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today for a new Air Separation Unit (ASU) that will produce oxygen, nitrogen and argon at its production facility in Port Neches, Texas.
The new state-of-the-art ASU will produce 2,400 tons per day of oxygen and 2,600 tons per day of nitrogen, enabling Air Liquide to triple its production capacity of oxygen and double the production capacity of nitrogen of its Port Neches facility. The additional capacity from the new ASU will feed into Air Liquide’s extensive Gulf Coast Pipeline System, which spans approximately 2,000 miles in Texas and Louisiana and supplies mainly oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen to customers in the chemicals, petrochemicals, refining and steel industries. The additional capacity will support increasing demand from large industry customers throughout the region and ensure greater reliability.
The new ASU is expected to begin commercial production by the end of 2015. To support the expansion Air Liquide will increase its workforce in Port Neches, hiring additional operators and technicians. Air Liquide commissioned the first production units at this facility – an ASU producing oxygen and nitrogen and a cogeneration unit producing electricity and steam – in 1994.
John Buckley, CEO, Air Liquide USA LLC commented: “This expansion affirms Air Liquide’s investment commitment relative to our operations in Port Neches and throughout the Gulf Coast. We appreciate the continued support of our valued customers, local leaders and neighbors in the community as we continue to support business growth in the region and serve customers with excellence -- providing high-quality products in a safe and reliable manner.”
From left: Pat Ficara, Vice President, Air Liquide USA LLC; Andre’ Wimer, City Manager, City of Port Neches; Mayor Glenn Johnson, City of Port Neches; John Buckley, CEO, Air Liquide USA LLC; Blake Hopper, Deputy District Director for Congressman Randy Weber; Terry Humphrey, COO, Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP; Brian Ridd, Senior VP of Purchasing and Distribution, Huntsman LLC; Dan Kemp, Director of Manufacturing, Hunstman LLC; Dr. Brenda Duhon, Asst. Superintendent, Port Neches Groves Independent School District.
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