Praxair strengthens association with SAIL
Praxair India Private Limited has won a major contract for supply of gases to the Bhilai facility of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).
Praxair India will build, own and operate two state-of-the-art cryogenic air separation units, each with a capacity of 1250 metric-tons-per-day. Scheduled to start up in 2012, the plant will be built in line with Praxair’s global standards adhering to the highest safety and reliability standards. The air separation plant will include liquefaction equipment, allowing Praxair to meet the growing demand for oxygen, nitrogen and argon in the central India market.
SAIL, Bhilai will use the gases in its expansion of production capacity from 5 million to 7 million tons per year of crude steel. The capacity enhancement at Bhilai is in line with SAIL’s expansion plans in meeting India’s fast growing requirement of Steel in infrastructure, railways, automobile, capital goods and various other segments.
At the foundation stone laying ceremony, Ramaraju, Managing Director, SAIL, Bhilai, said, "Being a global leader in Industrial gases, Praxair has high safety standards and operational efficiency and we are confident that they will meet our requirements and support us in our expansion plans."
"Praxair’s relationship with SAIL started in 2006, with the award for setting up an air separation unit at SAIL’s Durgapur facility and ever since then we have had a mutually satisfying partnership. We are proud to be associated with their Bhilai facility, which has been recognized by the Government of India for excellence in the areas of production, techno-economics, R&D efforts and product development, human resource management, employee motivation, environment management, quality as well as execution of its corporate social responsibilities," said Gajanan Nabar, Managing Director, Praxair India. "The air separation unit at SAIL, Bhilai is of strategic importance for our expansion plans as it shall provide access to serve the strong Industrial markets in Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Maharashtra," added Nabar.
Praxair India headquartered in Bengaluru, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Praxair Inc., and started its operations in 1996. Praxair has invested over Rs2,500 crore in India to cater to the country’s growing industry needs and has evolved as India’s largest industrial and medical gases supplier for various industry segments such as Steel, Refineries, Petrochemicals, Glass, Automobile, Shipbuilding, Healthcare, amongst others. Praxair has a pan India presence with over 35 locations, employing about 600 people.