Search:  
Gauteng Business News
3555
VIEWS

Send  Share  RSS  Twitter  22 Sep 2009

Finance: New R500m Argon Plant Investment

 





Recent Gauteng Business News

An agreement has been secured with Sasol Synfuels (Pty) Ltd to install a new Liquid Argon Production plant at their Secunda plant. The recovery plant will form part of a new world-scale 3 500 tons per day Air Separation Unit which Sasol has sourced from Air Liquide Engineering. The plant is scheduled for commissioning in late 2010 and Air Liquide’s total investment is valued at more than R500million.

“This will be the sixteenth Air Separation Unit Air Liquide has supplied to Sasol Synfuels while the Argon recovery unit will be the first of its kind to be installed at the Secunda plant,” says Air Liquide Marketing Director, Jonathan Madden.

“The global Argon market had reached a point where demand suddenly approached supply. This is on the back of growing demand from existing manufacturing segments such as fabrication, and development of new applications to improve customer processes in metallurgical applications.”

In South Africa, due to the inherent difficulty in securing Argon production capacities, this balance led to the emergence of a short-supply situation in some parts of 2007 and 2008, and Air Liquide initiated a bulk argon import programme. “We had to develop some immediate solutions to lessen the constraints on our customers in the local fabrication industry.”

“The commissioning of new Argon production capacity is constrained by this element’s scarcity in our atmosphere (0.9%) – making dedicated production plants unfeasible. Thus Argon is produced as a by-product in large Air Separation Units designed primarily for production of Oxygen and/or Nitrogen”, said Air Liquide CEO Air Liquide Southern Africa, Alain Larousse.

The new Air Separation Unit for Sasol Synfuels provides a timely opportunity for co-production of Argon. Sasol will operate and maintain the facility.

“Air Liquide will invest in the Argon Plant, strategic storage, and supply chain needs, the largest single investment of its kind in Africa, and representing an increase on the local market of more than 25%. The product, in its pure form or as part of specialised gas products developed for specific applications, will be marketed through Air Liquide’s existing supply chain in bulk or compressed and filled into cylinders at Air Liquide’s filling stations around the country,” adds Larousse.

“Air Liquide will invest in the Argon Plant, strategic storage, and supply chain needs, the largest single investment of its kind in Africa, and representing an increase on the local market of more than 25%. The product, in its pure form or as part of specialised gas products developed for specific applications, will be marketed through Air Liquide’s existing supply chain in bulk or compressed and filled into cylinders at Air Liquide’s filling stations around the country,” adds Larousse.


 
 
 
Business Profilesohse-consultancyperfect-weddingsolarportBubble-Chair
 
   
 
 
 
  Accomodation
Accommodation


Online Foreign Exchange
Foreign Exchange


Directory
Directory


Fax
Fax 2 Email


Finance
Finance


Furniture
Furniture


Casino
Online Casino


Restaurant
Restaurant


Auctions
Shop Online


Study IT
Study IT Online


Web design
Web Design


Weddings
Weddings


Work
Work from Home
 
 
 
 
 
Company News
 
 

 

© 2017 www.gbn.co.za. All rights reserved.

Daily Newsletter Subscription

 

Subscribe to the Gauteng Business News Daily News and information email (it's free).

Thank You
Your email address has been added.

Name:
Email Address: