Today, Air Liquide Canada announced it will upgrade an Air Separation Unit (ASU) in response to greater demand for oxygen, nitrogen, and argon from ArcelorMittal Dofasco and other customers in Ontario. The upgrade will begin in September 2016 and is expected to be complete in April 2017. The project will be funded by Air Liquide.
This announcement follows the successful construction in 2015 of a new oxygen pipeline between Air Liquide’s Hamilton production facility and ArcelorMittal Dofasco. The new pipeline was jointly funded by Air Liquide and the Independent Electricity System Operator’s saveONenergy Program. The pipeline allowed Air Liquide to supply oxygen to ArcelorMittal Dofasco with significantly greater energy efficiency and resulted in Air Liquide reducing its electricity usage by more than 30,000 MWh per year. In recognition of this achievement, Horizon Utilities awarded Air Liquide a “2015 Energy Champions Award” and later this month in Washington D.C., the Association of Energy Engineers will name the oxygen pipeline project as the 2016 Energy Project of the Year (Canada).
A winning approach
The upgrade of Air Liquide’s Hamilton complex is an example of how energy conservation programs can lead to industrial growth and sustained benefits for surrounding communities. As was the case for the successful oxygen pipeline project, Air Liquide will manage the upgrade of the plant and expects that almost 80% of the company’s investment will be spent in Hamilton and surrounding communities.
Adam Peters, President and CEO of Air Liquide Canada, said: “We are proud that a joint public and private investment in energy efficiency is leading to new growth in one of Canada’s largest industrial areas. Air Liquide has operated in Hamilton since 1940, and this investment will help ensure that we continue our operations in Ontario for the foreseeable future.”