Praxair will build its second air separation plant and
extend its pipeline system in the Port of Antwerp, the
second-largest petrochemical enclave in the world,
the company said on Thursday.
The new 1,300 tpd plant will increase Praxairs
oxygen and nitrogen capacity in the port and expand its
business with customers under long-term contracts, including
agreements with several leading global companies. The new air
separation plant is expected to start up in early
The increase of installed capacity, as well as an expansion of Praxairs pipeline
network in the Port of Antwerp, gives us the reach and
production to supply the increasing oxygen and nitrogen demand
of customers throughout the port, said Todd Skare,
president of Praxair Europe.
Integrated ports such as Antwerp have remained
competitive, in spite of the extended recessionary period in Europe, and we fully expect the port
to continue to grow and attract significant new investment in
the future," he added.
Praxairs new plant and extensive pipeline system will
have the ability to supply oxygen and nitrogen to the majority
of chemical companies in the port. The new facility is also
designed to produce liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon to
support customers in the pharmaceutical, chemical, glass,
cement, metal fabrication and food industries in Belgium and
According to the Antwerp Port Authority, some of the
worlds leading refining, petrochemical and chemical companies
have announced more than 1 billion of
investments into the port. The Port Authority also projects an additional 1
billion of investments to be made in the near future.
The Antwerp Port Authority is very pleased with
Praxairs new investment on the right bank of the river
Scheldt, said Eddy Bruyninckx, CEO of the Antwerp
Port Authority. We have always appreciated Praxairs
45 year-plus presence in our port.
"This new investment further strengthens the Port of
Antwerps position as the largest chemical and petrochemical cluster in Europe and will enhance the
competitiveness of the industrial companies here," he said.