Air Products signed a product supply agreement with Big River Steel LLC. Under the terms of the agreement, Air Products will operate an air separation unit (ASU) producing multiple industrial gases and a PRISM hydrogen generator at Big River Steel’s new eco-friendly steel mill in Mississippi County, Ark. The on-stream target for all the units is July 2016. The ASU will provide pipeline oxygen, nitrogen and argon. The PRISM unit will provide pipeline hydrogen for the hot-rolled steel facility.
The new mill’s product range will be focused on demanding steels, such as tube grades for pipeline construction, silicon steels for electrical applications and AHSS (advanced high-strength steels) grades for the automotive industry.