Linde Agrees to Build Air Separation Units for Shenhua Ningxia and Shenhua Logistics Group

The technology company The Linde Group will build six major air separation units for Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Co. Ltd. and Shenhua Logistics Group Co. Ltd. in Yinchuan in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in Northwest China.

The companies recently signed a contract to this effect. Shenhua Ningxia is a member of Shenhua Group Co. Ltd., the largest coal chemical company in China.

'We are delighted to start cooperating with Shenhua Group and contribute our in-depth expertise in air separation technology,' said Prof. Dr Aldo Belloni, Member of the Executive Board of Linde AG. 'The project further strengthens our position as a leading gases and engineering company in China.'

The air separation units will each supply around 100,000 normal cubic metres of gaseous oxygen per hour (Nm³/h) to Shenhua Ningxia's Coal-to-Liquid (CTL) complex at Ningdong Energy Chemical Base. The oxygen will be used for the production of 4 million tons of CTL - mainly liquid fuels derived from coal - per year, making this one of the largest Coal-to-Liquid projects worldwide.

Linde will be responsible for the engineering, supply of machinery and equipment, supervision services at the job site, turnkey supply of the cold boxes and training the buyer's personnel. The air separation units are scheduled to go on stream in 2015.

The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 62,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2012 financial year, Linde generated revenue of EUR 15.280 bn. The strategy of the Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment - in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.

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