Praxair to Build New Air Separation Plant in Ecorse, Mich., to Supply National Steel and Rouge Steel.
DANBURY, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 13, 1998--Praxair, Inc. (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange :PX) today announced it will build a $30 million air separation plant at its Ecorse, Mich., industrial gas complex to meet the growing industrial gas needs of the Great Lakes Great Lakes, group of five freshwater lakes, central North America, creating a natural border between the United States and Canada and forming the largest body of freshwater in the world, with a combined surface area of c.95,000 sq mi (246,050 sq km). Division of National Steel Corporation and Rouge Industries, Inc.
The new plant will begin operation in the fourth quarter of 1999 and produce up to 1,750 tons-per-day (1,575 metric tons-per day) of oxygen, 4,400 tons-per-day (3,960 metric tons-per-day) of nitrogen and 82 tons-per-day (74 metric tons-per-day) of argon argon (är`gŏn) [Gr.,=inert], gaseous chemical element; symbol Ar; at. no. 18; at. wt. 39.948; m.p. −189.2°C;; b.p. −185.7°C;; density 1.784 grams per liter at STP; valence 0. . The state-of-the-art plant will meet the growing demand for industrial gases used in steel- and iron-making applications, such as oxygen enrichment for powdered coal injection.
Praxair began operations in Ecorse in 1960 and currently operates six air separation plants and a hydrogen production Hydrogen production is commonly completed from hydrocarbon fossil fuels via a chemical path. Hydrogen may also be extracted from water via biological production in an algae bioreactor, or using electricity (by electrolysis) or heat (by thermolysis); these methods are presently not facility at the complex. Ninety percent of the gases produced at the Ecorse complex are delivered to customers via pipelines, with the remainder distributed in liquid form by truck to hospitals, metal processors and other industrial companies supplying the automobile industry automobile industry, the business of producing and selling self-powered vehicles, including passenger cars, trucks, farm equipment, and other commercial vehicles. .
Great Lakes Division of National Steel Corporation (NYSE: NS) is one of the largest integrated steel producers in Michigan. It provides a full range of high-quality, flat- rolled steel products to the automotive, construction and service center markets.
Rouge Industries, Inc., (NYSE: ROU ROU Roumanie (Romania)
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Praxair is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, with 1997 sales of $4.7 billion. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair is a recognized leader in the commercialization of new technologies that bring productivity and environmental benefits to a diverse group of industries. For more information, visit Praxair on the Internet at www.praxair.com.
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