Praxair India Private Ltd., a subsidiary of Praxair Inc., signed a long-term contract with JSW Steel Ltd. Praxair will expand the supply of gaseous oxygen, nitrogen and argon to JSW’s steel mill located in Tornagallu, Bellary, in the state of Karnataka. The supply contract will help the company, which is the largest private sector steel manufacturer in India in terms of installed capacity, to expand its steel production at Bellary from 10 to 12 million tons per year.

In other news, Praxair India Private Ltd. announced the start-up of its third production facility to supply Usha Martin Ltd., India’s leading wire and wire rope manufacturer. The plant will supply gaseous oxygen and nitrogen to support Usha Martin’s expansion. The new plant utilizes Praxair’s energy-efficient technology and has a production capacity of approximately 130 tons per day of gaseous oxygen and 65 tons per day of gaseous nitrogen.