By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, June 4 -- National Industrial Gases Co. (GAS), a unit of Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC), let a $93 million lump sum contract to Germany's Linde AG for the construction of an air separation unit at Al Jubail petrochemical complex at Riyadh.
The unit, which GAS claims will be one of the world's largest, will increase GAS's air products output capacity to 8,600 tonnes/day from 5,600 tonnes/day by 2004. The unit is expected to reach completion by late 2004. The plant, which will have capacity of 3,000 tonnes/day of oxygen, also will produce nitrogen, argon, krypton, and xenon.
Linde has already supplied GAS with other air separation units in Saudi Arabia, at Yanbu and Al Jubail.