Air Liquide will invest 65 million in a new
carbon monoxide production unit in the Port of Rotterdam, to be
located next to the companys existing facilities, top
officials confirmed on Friday.
The plant, which will be commissioned in the first half of
2015, will double Air Liquides carbon monoxide production
capacity in the basin.
Under the terms of a recent agreement, Air Liquide will supply
the carbon monoxide to both of the methyl di-p-phenylene
isocyanate (MDI) plants that Huntsman Polyurethanes operates in
the Botlek area of the Port of Rotterdam.
Building on our long-term partnership with Air Liquide,
we are delighted to host the new carbon monoxide plant at our
Rotterdam facility," said Nick Webster, vice president for
Huntsman Polyurethanes. "Investments like these are critical to
maintaining competitiveness both now and in the
The plant will be designed and built by Air Liquides
engineering and construction teams, and will
incorporate the latest technologies to ensure high
levels of energy efficiency, reliability and safety, according to
We thank Huntsman for its renewed trust in Air Liquide
and for the long-term partnership we have been building
together," said Guy Salzgeber, vice president of North and
Central Europe for Air Liquide and a member of the company's
"Through this new investment, Air Liquide reinforces its
position in the Port of Rotterdam through cutting-edge technology and industrial integration," he added.
"Air Liquide has already invested 400 million in new
industrial production units over the last five years in this
key industrial area, helping European industrial companies
increase their competitiveness.
Huntsman describes itself as a global manufacturer and marketer
of differentiated chemicals.