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Air Liquide Upgrades Longview, Texas, Plant to Aid Eastman Chemical Company Expansion

09/03/2020
Air Liquide reached a long-term supply agreement with Eastman Chemical Company to provide additional gaseous oxygen, nitrogen and syngas supporting Eastman’s growth and production in Longview, Texas.

Air Liquide reported it will invest more than $160 million to modernize existing assets and build a new Air Separation Unit and Partial Oxidation Unit in Longview. Air Liquide Large Industries offers gas and energy solutions mainly in the refining and natural gas, chemicals, metals and energy markets.

With this agreement and additional production capacity of the new ASU and POX, Air Liquide will supply Eastman gaseous oxygen and nitrogen, as well as syngas, Air Liquide officials said. The new ASU and POX will begin production in late 2021 and will be integrated into the existing facilities.

Michael J. Graff, Executive Vice President and Executive Committee Member, Air Liquide Group, said, “Air Liquide is pleased to further its longstanding relationship with Eastman with another significant investment at its Longview site in east Texas, the world’s single largest production facility of its type, and to further demonstrate Air Liquide’s ongoing commitment to deliver innovative technologies and safe, reliable and sustainable solutions for industry.”

The new POX will use the company’s patented Lurgi technology and will capture and recycle CO2, reducing the carbon intensity of operations, in line with the Group’s 2025 Climate Objectives.

“This project and supply agreement reflect Eastman’s focus to invest in growth opportunities through strategic partnerships to create positive economic and environmental benefits,” added Mark Costa, Eastman’s Chairman and CEO. “Eastman has deep roots in the greater Longview area and remains one of the area’s largest employers after 70 years of operation in Harrison County. We are committed to our community and appreciate the continued support of community leaders, our dedicated employees, and our operating partners.”

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