News from IIR members: Air Liquide: fast expansion in Turkey

Turkey has a dynamic economy with a growth rate of 9% in 2010. Its industries are developing and diversifying, and the petrochemical sector is expanding.
Air Liquide recently signed a long-term contract with the Turkish petrochemical Group PETKIM. The contract concerns the supply of oxygen, nitrogen and compressed air for the Aliaga site in the Izmir region in the western part of the country.
Air Liquide will acquire PETKIM’s three air gas production units in Aliaga, with a total production capacity of nearly 400 tonnes of oxygen per day, and will also invest in a new YangO2 production unit with a capacity of 400 tonnes of oxygen per day. This unit will be designed and built by Air Liquide and is expected to be commissioned in the 2nd half of 2013.
Air Liquide will also produce liquid gases for other industries operating in the Izmir region. Air Liquide’s total overall investment amounts to more than € 60 million.