The Linde Group announced it will build and commission a state-of-the-art 2,550-metric-tons/day air separation unit (ASU) at Tata Steel’s plant in Jamshedpur, India. This will be the largest ASU in India when it is commissioned in 2012. The announcement follows Linde’s signing of a long-term contract with Tata Steel for the supply of over 4,000 metric tons/day of gaseous oxygen, nitrogen and argon. The new ASU will cater to Tata Steel’s expansion of its steelmaking facility in Jamshedpur, which will increase the plant’s capacity 10 million metric tons/year. As part of the agreement, Linde will acquire and operate three existing ASU’s owned by Tata Steel.

In addition to meeting Tata Steel’s gases requirements, the new plant will produce liquid products to meet the growth in merchant markets throughout India. In other news, Linde is in the process of commissioning a new ASU in northern India that is expected commence supplies of gases by the first quarter of 2010. Linde is also investing in a new merchant ASU in Maharashtra that will produce nearly 500 metric tons/day of liquid products to meet demands in the western region of India.