Praxair on Tuesday announced the startup of its first
large-scale air separation plant in Volgograd, an industrial
region in southern Russia.
This plant will produce oxygen, nitrogen and compressed air for
Kaustik, a division of the Nikochem Group, under a long-term
The plant has a capacity of 350 tpd and will reduce
Kaustiks electricity consumption at the site by
approximately 30%, according to Praxair officials.
The plant will also supply merchant products to local markets
such as metals, metal fabrication, glass, automotive, food,
electronics and healthcare.
The Volgograd facility represents our vision to become
a world-class industrial gases organization in Russia,
said Todd Skare, president of Praxair Europe.
The startup of this plant will allow Praxair to
efficiently and reliably supply Kaustik, while also supplying
liquefied and packaged gas products in the region and nearby
areas where we see enormous potential for growth.
"We have received the full support of the Volgograd
administration for this project and are confident that we
will continue to identify opportunities for additional
investments in the region.