Air Liquide, a world leader in gases and technologies, and PAO Severstal, one of the largest steel producers have entered into a partnership to supply oxygen to the Severstal CherMK site in Russia. Air Liquide will be constructing an Air separation Unit (ASU) on the site at an investment of around 60 million euros at the location where it already owns three other ASUs. As mentioned in Air Liquide’s latest press release, the unit will also be improving overall environmental footprint due to its enhanced energy efficiency.
This unit will be Air Liquide’s fourth ASU installed in Cherepovets and will be producing 1,000 tons of oxygen per day. The unit is expected to begin operation by the end of 2023 and will be operated and owned by the joint venture which was established in 2005 between Air Liquide (75%) and Severstal (25%). With the beginning of this new unit’s operations, the total oxygen production capacity of the site will be above 8,000 tons per day.
The two companies have also pledged to reduce carbon footprints from the oxygen production as the new state-of-the-art ASU is being characterized as highly energy efficient. This step fulfills the commitment of Air Liquide and Severstal to address the climate change issues and work for a sustainable future.