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AFROX: Another Major Milestone For Afrox As Cold Box Arrives At Coega Idz

Aug 28, 2014
AFROX: Another Major Milestone For Afrox As Cold Box Arrives At Coega Idz

African Oxygen (AFROX) has reached another milestone in the construction of its R300-million air separation unit (ASU) in Zone 3 of the Coega Industrial Development Zone with the arrival of the cold box on site.

The 40-metre long cold box made the five kilometre trip from the Port of Ngqura container terminal yesterday, with the company recording progress on Facebook.

At one point the company said: “The Afrox cold box is almost on site!” adding that the arrival, transportation and installation of the new cold box of the IDZ - “the technological nerve centre of the facility - is an important project mile-stone”.

Mechanical completion of the project is now expected before the end of this year, MD Brett Kimber saying that the company was confident the facility would be operational in early 2015.

The company explained earlier that the cold box, described as the “heart” of the facility used “proprietary technology to cryogenically separate ambient air into nitrogen, oxygen and argon”.

Kimber stated at the launch of the project that the ASU was “the first of its kind in Africa”.

He stated that the investment would serve as a catalyst for industrial growth in the Eastern Cape, supporting the development of the local economy which in turn would lead to much needed job creation in the region.

In addition, Kimber said, Afrox customers would “enjoy greater security of supply, complementing our total solutions services and extended product offering”. -metrominutes

Photo caption: AFROX's cold box arrives at Coega IDZ.