Air Products starts up new Chinese oxygen facility for steel plants


Lehigh Valley, PA —Air Products and Chemicals Inc. has brought a new air-separation plant online in Tangshan, Hebei Province, China, supplying oxygen, via pipeline, to Guo Feng Steel (part of the Xinfeng Group) and nearby Fufeng Steel. Moreover, the plant produces 300 metric tons/day of liquid products to support other customers in that area of northern China, further expanding product capacity to meet the region’s growing liquid-product demand.

Air Products has been supplying liquid oxygen to the Xinfeng Group since 1999. Xinfeng Group’s 2003 decision to expand its production capacity in Tangshan prompted Air Products' investment in the new plant. China’s steel production is growing at close to 20%/year, and Tangshan is one of China’s largest steel production areas, with annual production exceeding 30 million metric tons. Air Products has been supplying Tangshan since 1997 and is one of the leading gas suppliers to northern China’s steel industry.

In 1987, Air Products was one of the first international industrial gas companies to enter China with a joint venture. It has established infrastructure in northern, southern, and eastern China.

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Richard Phelps , senior editor, Control Engineering

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