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Air Water expands liquefied gas production in India

Air Water expands liquefied gas production in India

Japan-based industrial gas company Air Water aim to accelerate the growth of its businesses in India by constructing a new plant to produce liquefied gasses in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, in southern India.

Built by Air Water’s subsidiary Air Water India Private Limited (Air Water India), the new plant will increase the company’s supply of liquefied oxygen (LOx), liquefied nitrogen and liquefied argon. This is hoped to satiate the increasing demand for industrial gases driven by India’s crude steel production industry, of which the Indian government intends to increase production to 300 million tonnes by 2030.

Located in a key industrial area of southern India, the plant will be annexed to the existing cylinder filling plant operating in the city and will have a total production capacity of 6,900N m3/h (normal metre cubed per hour), including 5,100N m3/h of LOx, 1,600N m3/h of liquefied nitrogen and 200N m3/h of liquefied argon.

According to Air Water, the plant will be the first of the company-owned plants for which design, construction, equipment installation and operation will be undertaken by the Group.

With an eye on sustainability, Air Water India plans to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 35% – in-line with the country’s 2030 targets – using renewable energy to generate 40% of the power that the plant is expected to use each year.

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