Air Products Unveils R300 Million Air Separation Unit At Coega

NOVEMBER 6, 2014

Air Products South Africa unveiled its R300-million Air Separation Unit in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) saying that it had “delivered on its promise to be the first industrial gas company to supply the Eastern Cape from the newly constructed and commissioned ASU”.

Air Products General Manager: Central Services Josua le Roux said this morning said the company had given a commitment to supply gas to its Eastern Cape customers by the fourth quarter of 2014.

“We are actually ahead with the plant already commissioned in September,“ he said, adding that the company was “providing a stable and secure supply of industrial gases to the region.

The newly-commissioned facility will produce 110 tonnes per day of liquid nitrogen and oxygen with the capacity to scale up production in line with market demand. The industrial gases are supplied for a “wide range of applications” from welding to freezing to several sectors in the region, including the automotive, pharmaceutical and agro-processing.

Le Roux said that the availability of a secure supply of industrial gas, which no longer had to trucked vast distances to the province, “strengthens the Eastern Cape’s industrial infrastructure and its attractiveness as an investment destination of choice”.

“Security of industrial gas supply further supports business sustainability and competitiveness, by enhancing the region’s supply chain network, which in turn opens the door to further industrial growth, investment and job creation throughout the entire value chain.”

Le Roux said he believed that through the investment “we have not only proven our commitment to our customers in the Eastern Cape, but have also established our gas as being pivotal to industrial processes and manufacturing”.

He added that the quality of technology and security of supply would “make a positive contribution to the economic growth of the region for many years to come”. MetroMinutes