Air Liquide Engineering & Construction has signed a new contract with POSCO, a steel producer in South Korea, to design and build an Air Separation Unit (ASU) which will produce Oxygen, Nitrogen, and Argon and have a production capacity of 1,700 tonnes per day of oxygen.
The new unit will be installed at POSCO’s Pohang site in South Korea. The oxygen and argon produced will be used to transform iron into high-quality steel and enable POSCO to improve the efficiency of the production process.
This new ASU, replacing two existing units on the Pohang site, will be designed and built using Air Liquide’s best-in-class Cryogenics technologies, thereby maximizing energy efficiency and reducing environmental footprint.
POSCO delivers 41 million tons of crude steel per year. Founded in 1968 and privatized in 2000, Posco has led the Korean steel industry for more than four decades.
Air Liquide has been working with POSCO for more than 30 years and has supplied 20 ASUs to POSCO’s Pohang and Gwangyang sites.