Murray Hill and New Providence, New Jersey, U.S., December 3, 2014 -- Linde North America has completed installation of the gasifier vessel, a significant step in the construction of its new gasification train at its La Porte, Texas, facility. The plant is part of a more than $250 million investment that also includes a state-of-the art air separation unit (ASU), which is also under construction. The gasification plant is scheduled to come on-stream in early 2015.
The new gasifier will convert natural gas into syngas which can be processed into constituent products such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen and carbon dioxide which are used to produce methanol, downstream chemicals and cleaner transportation fuels. The syngas products will be served by pipeline to a key customer.
Russ Tietjen, project manager for the gasification plant, said, “The addition of the new gasification train will create the world’s largest natural gas-based partial oxidation complex for the production of syngas products for petrochemicals.” Linde also owns and operates two additional large, partial oxidation facilities at the site that manufacture syngas products.
The ASU, slated to be operational in December this year, will be the largest operated by Linde in the U.S. The air gases (oxygen and nitrogen) produced by the new ASU will supply the gasification assets at the La Porte site. The plant will also produce liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon to serve the rapidly growing merchant markets in and around the Houston Ship Channel and beyond.
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Linde North America is a member of The Linde Group. In the 2013 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of USD $23.1 billion (EUR 16.655 bn), making it the largest gases and engineering company in the world with approximately 63,500 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.
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