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Air Liquide and Severstal expand cooperation under a new long-term contract at the largest oxygen production site in continental Europe

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Air Liquide and PJSC Severstal, one of the leaders in the steel market, have signed a new long-term oxygen supply contract for the Cherepovets Steel Works in Russia. AirLiquide is investing about 60 million euros in the construction of the fourth modern air separation plant. installation. Thanks to the improved energy efficiency, the new unit will reduce the complex environmental impact of the site.

Air Liquide will design and build a new air separation unit at the Cherepovets Steel Mill, one of the world's most competitive steel production sites. The new plant will produce 1000 tons of oxygen per day. This unit will be the fourth VRU installed by Air Liquide in Cherepovets.

The unit is scheduled to be commissioned by the end of 2023. The project will be managed by Air Liquide Severstal, a joint venture founded in 2005 by Air Liquide (75% stake) and PJSC Severstal (25% stake). The total volume of oxygen produced by Air Liquide at this site will exceed 8,000 tons per day and will make the site the largest oxygen production facility in continental Europe.

The new ASP will significantly increase energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. As part of the same agreement, the companies also agreed to continue to reduce CO2 emissions from oxygen production, which is in line with Air Liquide's commitments to climate protection and sustainable development.

Alexander Shevelev, CEO of Severstal Management JSC, comments: “Company“ Severstal pays great attention to reducing the environmental burden on the environment and gradual decarbonization of production processes. We are committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 3% by 2023 compared to 2020, and we are not only consistently meeting it, but also setting new targets. I am confident that the agreement with Air Liquide, our long-term partner and one of the leaders in sustainable development, will contribute to the implementation of our environmental and climate strategy. ”

François Jacov, Executive Vice President and Executive Committee Member of the Air Liquide Group, said : “The signing of the new agreement will strengthen our partnership with Severstal, which has been successfully implemented since 2005. Thanks to our know-how and innovative solutions, we will continue to work with Severstal to reduce the carbon footprint of the largest production site in Cherepovets. As part of its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, Air Liquide is committed to addressing key climate change issues and taking decisive action to ensure a sustainable future. ”

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Severstal invites startups and innovative companies to cooperate. You can get acquainted with the areas of interest and leave an application on the websiteiovatios.severstal.com.

Air Liquide in Russia - Air Liquide has been operating in Russia since 1989 and was initially engaged in the sale of equipment for the production of technical gases. In 2005, Air Liquide LLC, the Russian division for the production and sale of technical gases, was founded. The company currently operates 18 production sites in key regions and has over 600 employees responsible for supplying products and services to over 1,700 customers.

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