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Linde starts up new air separation plant in Kuching

October 26/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Linde has announced that it has started up a new RM 40 MM air separation plant at the Sama Jaya High Tech Park in Kuching, Sarawak, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing.

The plant will supply high purity gaseous nitrogen through an extensive pipeline network to multiple customers including Taiyo Yuden and LONGi. Ultra-high purity liquid oxygen will also be produced for customers in Kuching and throughout the ASEAN region.

The increasing pace of digitalization and adoption of renewable energy has led to industry leaders in the electronics and solar technology markets expanding rapidly in the Sama Jaya High Tech Park. Linde has made multiple investments in recent years to support this growth, the latest project increasing Lindes nitrogen capacity in the Sama Jaya High Tech Park to more than 18,000 Nm3/h, said Linde Malaysia Managing Director, Anuj Sharma.

The new plant will feature Lindes latest state-of-art technology with 30% better power efficiency, which is expected to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 6,000 tons per year. This is in line with Lindes target of reducing its GHG emissions intensity by 35%, by 2028.

The new plant will be connected to Lindes Remote Operating Centre (ROC) located in Hicom Shah Alam, Selangor and can be monitored, controlled, and operated remotely. Remote operations capabilities helped Linde to ensure a continuous and reliable supply of industrial and medical gases to customers throughout the pandemic.

Anuj said that Linde had made multiple investments in the Sama Jaya High Tech Park since 1995. Since 1960, Linde has invested in building numerous world-class facilities in Malaysia, including Air Separation Units in Pengerang, Shah Alam, Sama Jaya, Bintulu and Pasir Gudang, steam methane reformers (hydrogen plants) and nitrogen plants at strategic locations across Malaysia, pipeline networks for oxygen and nitrogen in various industry clusters in key industrial areas, and a state-of-art cylinder filling facility in Banting.

Linde also established its Remote Operating Centre (ROC) in Hicom, which allows for the remote monitoring, operation and control of more than 100 Linde plants across the ASEAN and South Pacific regions. Linde also manufactures medical oxygen and other medicinal gases at various locations spread across West and East Malaysia.

As MRC reported earlier, in JUne 2021, SIBUR -Neftekhim and Linde Gas Rus signed agreements on implementation in 2021-2022. a project for the utilization of carbon dioxide (CO2) generated in the technological process of the SIBUR enterprise in Dzerzhinsk. SIBUR -Neftekhim will build an infrastructure for the transportation to the Linde Gas Rus site of crude CO2 obtained as a by-product in the process of ethylene oxide synthesis. In turn, Linde Gas Rus will build a unit to bring the quality of this gas to the level of a commercial product, applicable, among other things, in the food industry, and will sell it to end consumers.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,638,370 tonnes in the first eight months of 2021, up by 10% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 989,570 tonnes in the first eight months of 2021, up by 30% year on year. Deliveries of homopolymer PP and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas shipments of injection moulding PP random copolymers decreased significantly.

Linde is a leading global industrial gases and engineering company with 2020 sales of USD27 billion (EUR24 billion). The company serves a variety of end markets including chemicals & refining, food & beverage, electronics, healthcare, manufacturing and primary metals. Linde's industrial gases are used in countless applications, from life-saving oxygen for hospitals to high-purity & specialty gases for electronics manufacturing, hydrogen for clean fuels and much more. Linde also delivers state-of-the-art gas processing solutions to support customer expansion, efficiency improvements and emissions reductions.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:Asia, gas processing, medicine, petrochemistry, electrical goods, Linde Group, Sibur-Neftekhim, Malaysia, Russia.
Category:General News
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