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Air Liquide expands its relationship with OCI

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Air Liquide has announced that it has been selected by Natgasoline LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of OCI N.V., as the supplier of oxygen for its new world scale methanol plant in Beaumint, Texas.

The company has entered into a long-term agreement to supply Natgasolien with 2400 tpd of oxygen. Air Liquide will invest approximately € 90 million in this high growth area for the chemical industry. To meet the growing needs of OCI for the production of natural gas based chemicals, Air Liquide will build a new, state of the art, energy efficient air seperation unit (ASU) producing oxygen, nitrogen and argon. The ASU is expected to be commissioned by the second half of 2016.

The new Natgasoline LLC methanol plant will produce approximately 5000 tpd of methanol, making it the largest methanol production facility in the US based on capacity.

Air Liquide has also singed a contract with OCI for the supply of Lurgi MegaMethanol® process technology to OCI’s Natgasoline facility. This technology converts natural gas to methanol.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.

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