Sasol and Air Liquide launch world’s largest oxygen production plant in Secunda

Sasol FlcSouth Africa-based integrated energy and chemical company Sasol and Air Liquide have announced the launch of US$246.07mn oxygen production plant in Secunda, South Africa

This is one of the largest Air Separation Unit (ASU) which is ever built at Sasol’s synthetic fuels and chemicals complex in the region.

For this plant, Air Liquide built and operated a 5000-tonne per day air separation train in order to supply oxygen and nitrogen to Sasol’s proprietary synthetic fuels and chemicals manufacturing process.

This is the 17th train that is built at Sasol’s Secunda complex. The train is energy efficient and uses oxygen capacity to operate a complex infrastructure, said Sasol.

In the construction of the new Air Separation Unit, Sasol outsourced its oxygen needs at its Secunda site to Air Liquide Group. With the oxygen production technology, both the companies aim to contribute to South Africa’s economic and social development, said François Jackow, member of the Air Liquide Group’s executive committee for the Middle East and Africa.

For more than 65 years, Sasol has commercialised a range of technologies aiming to beneficiate natural resources to produce much-needed liquid fuels, high-value chemicals and low-carbon electricity, promoting regional growth, development and stability. These technologies have made it the world’s largest producer of synthetic fuels and chemicals from coal and natural gas.

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