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Air Liquide signs long-term contract in Kazakhstan

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

In the context of a new long-term agreement with Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries (KPI), Air Liquide Munay Tech Gases will build, own and operate a new nitrogen unit in the growing chemical basin of Karabatan, close to the Atyrau refinery.

Air Liquide Munay Tech Gases will invest €15 million in a new unit to supply up to 8000 Nm3/hr nitrogen to the new 500 000 tpy polypropylene plant under construction by KPI in the first integrated gas-chemical complex construction project in Atyrau region, aiming at becoming a world-class petrochemical basin.

Air Liquide Munay Tech Gases, a company jointly owned by Air Liquide (75%) and KazMunayGaz, the Kazakhstan national oil and gas company (25%), has been successfully supplying for over one year hydrogen to the Pavlodar Oil and Chemistry Refinery, an affiliate of KazMunayGaz.

This new project, planned to be operational by 2Q21, marks the second milestone in the development of the Group in Kazakhstan.

François Jackow, Executive Vice-President and a member of the Executive Committee supervising industrial activities in Europe said: “We are delighted to participate in this project and to be part of what is an important development for this new promising chemical basin. Air Liquide will bring its technological know-how and expertise to contribute to the modernization of the industry in the country. This important milestone also illustrates the strengthening of our joint-venture with KazMunayGaz and the continuing growth of our activities in Kazakhstan.”

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