Singapore Oxygen Air Liquide Pte Ltd (SOXAL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of industrial gases supplier Air Liquide, inaugurated its S$500 million infrastructure on Singapore’s Jurong Island on Monday. (US$1=S$1.25).
The company’s new facilities include a 1,200-tonne-per-day air separation unit (ASU) to produce air gases, oxygen, nitrogen and argon, boosting SOXAL’s production capacity by more than 40%, a world-scale hydrogen production plant, the largest in Southeast Asia, capable of producing almost 100,000 normal cubic metres (Nm3) per hour of hydrogen, and a 35-km hydrogen pipeline spanning Jurong Island and the Jurong Industrial Estate on mainland Singapore, bringing its total pipeline network to 120 km.
Started up in late 2010, these facilities are part of SOXAL’s industrial gas infrastructure on Jurong Island to serve its growing list of oil and chemicals companies. SOXAL was an early investor on the island.
Minister of State for Trade & Industry and National Development, Lee Yi Shyan, who officiated the infrastructure’s opening, said:
“SOXAL has played a very constructive role in the industry integration of Jurong Island. Many of the petrochemical plants now need not worry about costly auxiliary investments but tap on SOXAL’s network for industrial gases supply. In other words, because of SOXAL, many of its clients can focus on what they are supposed to do best in running their operations.”
Jean-Marc De Royere, senior vice president, and chairman and CEO of Air Liquide Asia Pacific, said:
“The new facilities reinforce our continued commitment to the chemicals and energy sector as it strengthens SOXAL’s position as the leading and innovative gas supplier in Singapore. Our hydrogen technologies for example are helping our customers, not only improve their process efficiencies but also facilitate access to cleaner and renewable energy.”
Air Liquide has been operating in Singapore since 1917 through Far East Oxygen which was merged with Singapore Oxygen Air Liquide (SOXAL) in 1975. SOXAL, which employs close to 800 people, became a 100% affiliate of Air Liquide in April 2007.