Linde North America will invest more than $200 million to
build a large air separation unit (ASU), a new gasification
train and supporting equipment and facilities in La Porte, Texas, the
company said on Thursday.
The new plants are scheduled to come onstream in the first
quarter of 2015.
The ASU will be the largest operated by Linde in the US, and
the addition of a new gasification plant will create the
worlds largest gas-based partial oxidation complex for
the production of syngas products for petrochemicals.
With the new plants, Linde will have a fully, integrated
presence in the Houston area that covers air gases and
synthesis gas products production and supply to our
customers, said Dr. Rainer Schlicher, head of Linde's
tonnage global business unit.
The air gases (oxygen and nitrogen) produced by the new ASU
will supply the gasification assets at the La Porte site. The
new gasifier will convert natural gas into syngas and
constituent products such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen and carbon dioxide which are used to
produce methanol, downstream chemicals and cleaner
The syngas products will be served by pipeline to a key
customer, which the company did not identify.
Linde also owns and operates three additional large, partial
oxidation facilities that manufacture syngas
products using Lindes syngas processing technologies and
Linde is the leading syngas supplier in this region,"
said Pat Murphy, president of Linde North America. "This latest
venture, coupled with our unique portfolio of industrial gas
and hydrocarbons technology, engineering and
operations capabilities, will allow Linde to better serve the
petrochemicals industry that is
being driven to new heights by the shale gas