Air Liquide reveals new plant’s future

   Air Liquide will invest nearly $140 million to build a new world-scale Air Separation Unit (ASU) near Bay City. 
   The industrial gas production plant will be on about 20 acres owned by the Port of Bay City, adjacent to Oxea. 
   The Air Liquide plant will support a long-term agreement with Gulf Coast Growth Ventures (GCGV), a 50/50 joint venture between ExxonMobil and Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).  
   The agreement is to supply oxygen and nitrogen from its industrial gas pipeline network to GCGV’s planned ethane cracker facility near Corpus Christi. 
    Air Liquide will daily supply 2,000 tons of oxygen and 900 tons of nitrogen to GCGV’s planned 1.8 million tons per year ethane cracker facility.  
   Air Liquide also will add nearly eight miles of pipeline to connect GCGV to its Gulf Coast Pipeline System, strengthening Air Liquide’s extensive capabilities throughout the Gulf Coast region of the U.S., and its position in the growing industrial basin of Corpus Christi, where it has been present since the mid-1930s. 
   In addition to delivering full requirements for oxygen and nitrogen to GCGV’s new petrochemical plant, the production capacity from the Bay City ASU, and its connection to Air Liquide’s expansive pipeline network along the Gulf Coast, will enable Air Liquide to retire older, less efficient assets.  
   By modernizing its asset fleet, Air Liquide provides enhanced competitiveness to its customers over the long term and reduces the carbon intensity of its operations, hence contributing to achieving its 2025 Climate Objectives.  
   With Air Liquide’s ability to provide large volumes of oxygen and nitrogen via its integrated production and supply network, customers can benefit from a safe, flexible and reliable supply to meet their growing demands.  
   “This is a real win for our county,” said Mike Ferdinand, Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation executive director.  
   “Air Liquide is clean industry and a major supplier to our existing businesses.”  

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