Moscow, July 19 2019
Following the signature of a long-term contract that was initially announced on May 24, 2018, Air Liquide and EVRAZ inaugurated the construction site of the two Air Separation Units (ASUs) that will supply the steel maker with oxygen, nitrogen and argon in Novokuznetsk, Russian Federation.
The ceremony took place in presence of the Governor of Kuzbass region, Mr. S.Tsivilev, regional officials, Air Liquide and EVRAZ executives.
Air Liquide will invest around 130 million euros for the construction of the two state-of-the-art Air Separation 1 Units (ASUs), which will improve the energy efficiency and the overall environmental footprint of the EVRAZ production process in Novokuznetsk.
These new ASUs, which are expected to be operational in 2021, will also allow Air Liquide to supply oxygen, nitrogen and argon to the gas market in Kemerovo Region, Western Siberia.
The government of Kuzbass supports the project in the frame of the special agreement.
Bruno Ponson, General Director Air Liquide in Russia, declared: “I would like to congratulate Evraz and Air Liquide’ Teams for starting this ambitious project. We are committed to making this project a success that will further strengthen our leadership in the region. "
Alexey Soldatenkov, Vice-President EVRAZ, Head of the Siberia Division, commented: "I am glad that after the initial preparation, the project is moving to the implementation stage. Modern installations will be 30% more energy efficient than previous equipment, thus this will increase the efficiency of our production and the overall competitiveness of the plant.”
Sergey Tsivilev, the governor of Kuzbass, noted: “Kuzbass is open for investments, we create favorable conditions for their inflow. And we are glad to see that companies such as Air Liquide are expanding their activities in our dynamically developing region. We support the company's decision to work in Kuzbass and look forward to expanding our cooperation. ”
1 Air Liquide 2018 investment decision