Praxair Deutschland GmbH & Co., KG, a subsidiary of Praxair, Inc., will expand its industrial gases production capability in the Rhineland area of Germany in order to meet increasing customer demand. Praxair will build a new, energy-efficient air separation unit capable of producing 1,800 tons of gases per day when it comes on stream in 2010 at Hürth, southwest of Cologne.
The new plant will supply gaseous oxygen and nitrogen to large customers in the refining, chemical and steel industries through Praxair's extensive Rhineland pipeline system. In addition, an integrated liquefier will supply liquid oxygen, nitrogen, argon and rare gases to a variety of other customers in the local market. Westfalen AG, an industrial gas producer based in Muenster, Germany, has signed a long-term contract for its purchase of liquid argon, nitrogen and oxygen from the new plant.
"We have been experiencing increasing demand from both existing and new customers in the Rhineland region," said Frank Wegmann, managing director of Praxair Deutschland. "The increased capacity, using highly energy-efficient technology, will allow us to continue our reliable supply of gases to meet this growth."