INOX Air Products Ltd. Inaugurates New Air Separation Unit for SAIL Bokaro.
The ASU facility was successfully placed in commercial operation in December 2008 and has been supplying SAIL with Oxygen, Nitrogen and Argon for their Bokaro Iron and Steel making operations. The new ASU will supply SAIL with 1250 tonnes of oxygen per day, 1500 tonnes of LP nitrogen per day, 1500 tonnes of MP/HP nitrogen per day and 48 tonnes of Argon per day, for the next fifteen years. This ASU enables Bokaro Steel Plant to increase its output, improve the quality of its product and reduce raw material input cost, as the growth of the Indian Economy has led to a record expansion of India’s Iron & Steel Sector.
The Air Separation Plant was completed in a span of 24 months and is the largest ASU in the SAIL stable. The ASU is also unique in the sense that it has the world’s biggest storage facility of 5000 Tons of Oxygen, 3000 tons of Nitrogen and 500 tons of Argon. The 10 km pipeline for gas distribution is the longest ever in India.
Mr P.K. Jain, Chairman & Managing Director of INOXAP, stated “The SAIL Bokaro ASU facility is yet another landmark in INOXAP’’s history of commitment to India’s Iron & steel industry and growth of its economy. We are actively exploring more investment opportunities in this region”. He added.
Robert Dixon, Vice President of Global Merchant Bases for Air Products, said “This is INOXAP’s first major facility in the Eastern India region and I congratulate the entire team on this accomplishment in the face of many challenges. We look forward to our long-term relationship with SAIL and supplying them products from this facility as well as others in the future”.
SAIL is the largest integrated iron and steel making company in India and Bokaro is one of their largest integrated plants.
INOX AIR PRODUCTS is India’s leading industrial gas company and is a 50:50 JV between INOX group and Air products & Chemicals INC which is headquartered in Allentown,Pennsylvania. The company is fully integrated from gas manufacturing to distribution and operates all across India with an asset base in excess of Rs 1300 crores. It serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, equipment and services.
Air Products and Chemicals , Inc. is $US10 billion global organization with more than 20,000 people operating across 40 countries. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment.