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Air Products and SARGAS partner to build air separation unit in Oman

The ASU is set to increase the total production of nitrogen and oxygen for Jindal Shadeed Iron and Steel by 50%. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Air Products, a global provider of industrial gases, and their regional partner Saudi Arabian Refrigerant Gases Company of Saudi Arabia (SARGAS) recently announced the agreement to build an air separation unit (ASU) at the Jindal Shadeed Iron and Steel facility in Sohar, Oman

SARGAS is an affiliated company of Abdullah Hashim Gases and Equipment, Air Products? long-standing industrial gas joint venture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new unit is said to be able to produce over 400 T/D of oxygen and nitrogen to the facility.

The project, undertaken by Ajwaa Gases LLC, a joint venture between Air Products and SARGAS, represents the third ASU installed by the company at the facility in Sohar. The addition of the new ASU will increase the capacity of gaseous oxygen (GOX) and gaseous nitrogen (GAN) by 50%, according to the company, together with an increased production capacity of liquid oxygen (LOX) and liquid nitrogen (LIN), in Oman.

Hamid Sabzikari, vice-president and general manager, Air Products Industrial Gases Middle East, Egypt and Turkey said, ?Air Products is delighted to expand our offerings at Jindal Shadeed Iron and Steel and strengthen our association further. The successful signing of the third ASU demonstrates our commitment to supporting growing customers in Oman and the Middle East region. I am proud of the teams who have shown exceptional resilience and dedication for this project during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and exhibits our core values of safety, speed, simplicity, and self-confidence.?

Sanjay Anand, CEO and plant head, Jindal Shadeed Iron and Steel said, ?We are happy to continue our association with Air Products and congratulate the team for their commitment to safety, and reliability for the supply of gases. These gases will be used in our steel melt shop and direct reduced iron (DRI) plant to improve the efficiency and production.?

Commenting on the development, Khalid Hashim, general manager of SARGAS, said, ?We have had a great association with Jindal Shadeed Iron and Steel over the years and this new ASU plant fortifies the relationship further.?