The Linde Group has signed a long-term supply contract for industrial gases with ArcelorMittal. The agreement involves the construction of a new air separation unit (ASU) at ArcelorMittal’s Galati, Romania, plant and refurbishment of existing assets. Linde will take over operation of the existing industrial gas production and start construction of the new ASU in mid-2008.

The ASU will produce 2,000 metric tons per day of oxygen as well as smaller quantities of nitrogen and argon for ArcelorMittal’s local steel production.