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Air Products has announced plans to build a world-scale air-separation unit (ASU) at its La Porte, Texas industrial gases facility.

The energy-efficient ASU will replace older assets at the site and provide benefits to customers through higher-reliability pipeline oxygen and nitrogen supply and enhanced production of merchant and electronics products, including argon and xenon.

The new ASU will be on-stream in October 2011.

It will ensure the long-term operational viability and customer supply security of one of Air Products’ key liquid-argon sources for the North American market.

Argon is used primarily for welding, electronics, steel and metals-processing applications.

The plant also will expand Air Products’ xenon-production capacity and improve customer-supply security and reliability.

Xenon continues to grow as a key material used in the etching steps of semiconductor manufacturing, and the additional volume will support growth in the emerging technologies of plasma display and other lighting applications that depend on xenon’s special properties.

Air Products plans Texas ASU to raise xenon output

Air Products has announced plans to build a world-scale air-separation unit (ASU) at its La Porte, Texas industrial gases facility.

The energy-efficient ASU will replace older assets at the site and provide benefits to customers through higher-reliability pipeline oxygen and nitrogen supply and enhanced production of merchant and electronics products, including argon and xenon.

The new ASU will be on-stream in October 2011.

It will ensure the long-term operational viability and customer supply security of one of Air Products’ key liquid-argon sources for the North American market.

Argon is used primarily for welding, electronics, steel and metals-processing applications.

The plant also will expand Air Products’ xenon-production capacity and improve customer-supply security and reliability.

Xenon continues to grow as a key material used in the etching steps of semiconductor manufacturing, and the additional volume will support growth in the emerging technologies of plasma display and other lighting applications that depend on xenon’s special properties.

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