French company Air Liquide started the world’s largest oxygen production unit in South Africa.

Air Liquide recently started the world’s largest oxygen production unit for Sasol, an international integrated energy and chemicals company.

Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Emmanuel Suquet attended the inauguration of Sasol’s Train 17 in Secunda on Monday 26 March 2018, with Minister of Environment Edna Molewa, the CEO of Air Liquide Benoit Potier, the Sasol team and the Air Liquide team.

Air Liquide invested around 200 million euros for the construction of this Air Separation Unit (ASU) in Secunda, with a total production capacity of 5,000 tonnes of oxygen per day. Owned and operated by Air Liquide, it is the first ASU that Sasol has chosen to outsource to a specialist of industrial gas production at this site.

In 2015, French Air Liquide and Sasol signed a long-term agreement for the supply of large quantities of industrial gases to Sasol’s Secunda site, east of JHB.. The start-up of this Air Separation Unit (ASU) represents a new milestone in the partnership between the two companies, which brings to 17 the number of ASUs delivered by Air Liquide to Sasol over the past 40 years.

The Minister of Environment Edna Molewa stressed the role played by the new unit for the economic development and the employment in South Africa. She also emphasized South Africa’s commitments toward the fight against climate change within the Paris Agreement.

During his speech, Emmanuel Suquet said: “The investment of Air Liquide in this new production unit is one more example of French investment in South Africa. It shows how important South African industry is on the continent and in the world.”

The same day, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Emmanuel Suquet and his team visited Chief Ampie Mayisa High School in Leandra near Secunda for the launch of Air Liquide’s CSI programme “Bridging for Life”, in partnership with Valued Citizen Initiative. This programm aids in developing educators as valued leaders and strengthening education in Life Skills, Maths and Science for learners. The Embassy of France has a long partnership with Valued Citizen through its Civil Society Development Fund.

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publie le 03/04/2018

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