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Air Products brings new plant on-stream in Malaysia

February 12/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Air Products’ first cryogenic nitrogen plant in the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone, Penang, Northern Malaysia, is now operational, said the company.

Sharing the news yesterday (10th Feb), the industrial gas giant said the new facility will help meet customer demands from electrical and electronics (E&E), as well as other manufacturing industries. The Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone is one of Malaysia’s most vital economic powerhouses and is a high-tech industrial zone, home to many multinational E&E companies.

“Our latest investment puts us in an even stronger position in this important industrial zone as well as Penang to support the thriving E&E industry, which is a key growth driver of Malaysia’s industrial development,” said Alex Tan, President of Air Products Southeast Asia. "We strive to grow with our customers along their digitalisation and innovation journey by providing our safe, reliable and efficient solutions and excellent service."

Air Products already has existing infrastructure in Northern Malaysia. In Penang, its two advanced air separation units in the Prai Industrial Park, together with an extensive pipeline network that expands into the Bukit Minyak Industrial Park and the Batu Kawan Industrial Park, provide a strong and highly reliable gases supply to its customers.

Details about the cryogenic nitrogen project’s costs or capacities were not disclosed.

As per MRC, Air Products says it has agreed to collaborate exclusively with Thyssenkrupp on the development of green hydrogen supplies for sustainable chemicals, transportation, and power generation projects. Thyssenkrupp’s subsidiary Uhde Chlorine Engineers, a leader in large-scale electrolysis plant technologies, will supply specific engineering, equipment, and technical services for water electrolysis plants to be built, owned and operated by Air Products.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 2,220,640 tonnes in 2020, up by 2% year on year. Only shipments of low density polyethylene (LDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) increased. At the same time, polypropylene (PP) shipments to the Russian market reached 1 240,000 tonnes in 2020 (calculated using the formula: production, minus exports, plus imports, excluding producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020).
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:petroleum products, neftegaz, petrochemistry, Air Products.
Category:General News
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