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MATHESON’s Portfolio for the Global Petrochemical Industry

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MATHESON competes on the global stage, serving petrochemical customers in the gulf coast, mid-west, and western US, as well as in Europe and Asia, with onsite and pipeline supply of oxygen, nitrogen, argon, hydrogen, CO, and syngas.

MATHESON’s Westlake, Louisiana Complex stands to exemplify MATHESON’s position in the Petrochemical Community.

MATHESON built its first Air Separation Unit (ASU) in the Westlake Complex in the 1990s. In February 2019, MATHESON commissioned its fourth ASU in the Complex and dramatically changed the gas supply landscape in the gulf coast area.

Atmospheric Gases

Anchored by world class ethane cracker and derivatives plants, the Westlake Complex includes a 35-mile pipeline network supplying oxygen and nitrogen to customers in the gulf coast area.

The Complex is also positioned to provide bulk supply of oxygen, nitrogen, and argon (by truck and rail) as well as to support the supply of packaged gases and liquefied gases in cylinders and Dewars.

The scale of the Westlake Complex – not just in terms of gas supply, but also in terms of engineering and construction – is validation of MATHESON’s position as a world class source for the supply of tonnage atmospheric gases, as well as the technology to produce these gas products. MATHESON designed and constructed the Westlake Complex and operates the ASUs and pipeline.

Beyond Westlake, MATHESON is expanding its onsite and pipeline ASU footprint in other parts of the US. In 2016 MATHESON acquired ASU operations (18 ASUs in the US) divested by Air Liquide. In addition, MATHESON has built 13 new ASUs and an ASU Remote Operations Centre in Irving, Texas.

Hydrogen, CO, and Syngas

Furthering its interests in the Petrochemical Community, MATHESON recently acquired a significant portion of Linde’s HyCO (hydrogen, CO, and syngas) business and operations in the US.

MATHESON’s HyCO business includes a fleet of operational assets in several US states, and supply management for pipeline customers in the Houston Texas Ship Channel area. A scalable HyCO Remote Operations Centre in La Porte, Texas supports operations and plant monitoring with global reach. Plant operations in Europe, Singapore, and Japan are also part of the global portfolio.

The HyCO acquisition brought with it additional resources and expertise including process operations, business development, technology, engineering and project management, and has greatly expanded MATHESON’s capabilities to serve future petrochemical, oil refining industry, and syngas needs, worldwide.

Looking to the Future

MATHESON continues to distinguish itself on the world stage as a world-class, world-scale supplier of tonnage gases and technology to the customers in the petrochemical and refining markets.

Among domestic US providers of oxygen, nitrogen, argon, hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and syngas, MATHESON stands as North America’s fastest growing industrial gas company with world-leading capability.

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