Afrox Launches $22.5m Air Separation Unit In Pretoria
PRETORIA – South Africa Gas products and services company, Africa Oxygen (Afrox), on Wednesday opened a new 200 million rand ($22.5 million) Air Separation Unit (ASU) plant at its Pretoria West site.
The investment is part of a three-year 1.5 billion naira ($169 million) programme by Afrox and its parent company Linde Group which is meant to boost customer service levels and support the company’s growth strategy in South Africa and emerging sub-Saharan African markets.
Built to global standards, the newly commissioned ASU atmospheric gases plant will produce high purity oxygen, nitrogen and argon to service the merchant and medical markets in this major bulk business area, as well as in neighboring countries; Afrox Managing Director, Brett Kimber said.
He added that majority of the 1.5 billion naira($169 million) was being invested in South Africa because that was where the company had to play a “bit of catch-up” and that Afrox is unlikely to stop investing.
The engineering division of Afrox’s parent company, Linde Group, was responsible for the design, supply and building of the new ASU, importing the best in modern technologies to the South African industry.
The ASU is remotely controlled from a global operations facility in the UK, ensuring optimal output and quality products. This also included integrating an existing nitrogen liquefier unit into the new ASU at the site and linked production from the ASU to existing cluster storage tanks. The cooling water system, the electrical supply and instrumentation have also been upgraded.