The Linde Group and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) are to construct two large air separation units (ASU) through their joint venture Elixier in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for around $800m.
Starting at the end of 2010, the new plants will supply nitrogen for injection into the onshore condensate field in Habshan in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to free natural gas for the national grid.
The two ASUs will have a total nitrogen capacity of 670,000 standard cubic metres per hour.
State-owned oil company ADNOC owns 51 per cent and Linde 49 per cent of the shares in the Elixier joint venture – ADNOC Linde Industrial Gases – which was founded in December 2007.
ADNOC manages the onshore and offshore oil, gas and petrochemical business in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.