SHANGHAI, China, March 16, 2009 — Praxair China started up its new air separation plant for Jinlong Copper Co. Ltd. on February 27, 2009 in Tongling, Anhui Province. This is the third plant owned and operated by Praxair for Jinlong Copper and the fourth plant built overall by Praxair for Jinlong’s flash furnace-smelting process.
Praxair and Jinlong, the largest copper smelting joint venture in China, have a 15-year cooperative agreement for the supply of oxygen for its operations. Prior to the new plant, Praxair had already built three non-cryogenic vacuum pressure swing adsorption (VPSA) plants for the customer. With the startup of this new cryogenic plant, Jinlong now can expand its production capacity from the previous 300,000 tons per year of copper to 400,000 tons per year. It meets the current production requirements as well as anticipated future growth needs of Jinlong.
“We’re glad to see the new plant go on-stream on-time and safely. Praxair’s extensive experience and know-how in the non-ferrous metal industry allows us to provide a modern system to meet Jinlong’s technical expectations,” said David Chow, president of Praxair China.
About Praxair China
Praxair (China) Investment Co., Ltd is a leading industrial gas provider in China. It is headquartered in Shanghai, has 17 wholly owned companies, 10 joint ventures and over 1,200 employees in the country. More information on Praxair China is available on the Internet at www.praxair.cn.
Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, with 2008 sales of $10.8 billion. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies bring productivity and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and others. More information on Praxair is available on the Internet at www.praxair.com.