Praxair starts up first Russia air separation plant

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 contract.

The plant has a capacity of 350 tpd and will reduce Kaustik’s 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.”

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