Linde scoops Saudi plant deal

German firm secures EPC contract for two air separation plants that will generate 3000 tonnes of oxygen per day

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  December 10, 2005

Engineering group Linde has secured its largest ever order — to build two air separation plants in Saudi Arabia. The total order value exceeds US $351 million (SR300 million) and the plants are scheduled to start operating in April 2008. Linde will take responsibility for the engineering, procurement of equipment and materials, as well as construction and commissioning of the facilities, each of which will generate 3000 tonnes of oxygen per day. Aldo Belloni, a spokesman for the business sector of Gas and Engineering at Linde, emphasised the importance of business relations with SABIC: “With over 20 manufacturing complexes, SABIC is a leading petrochemical company, and ranks among the world’s largest consumers of oxygen. “The majority of the oxygen required at the Yanbu and Al Jubail sites will be generated by Linde installations, including the largest air separation unit in the Middle East, which is currently under construction. We will continue to provide top-quality services to this key client, in the fields of both air gases and olefins facilities.” The two production facilities for pure oxygen are being commissioned by National Industrial Gas Company (NIGC), the largest industrial gases company in the Middle East and a subsidiary of the Saudi Arabia Basic Industrial Corporation (SABIC).

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