Air Liquide starts operating in Kazakhstan


September 3, Fineko/ On September 1, 2018, Air Liquide starts supplying hydrogen in Kazakhstan through the acquisition of hydrogen and purification units with a total capacity of up to 30.000 Nm3/h. This investment of 12 million euros by Air Liquide Munay Tech Gases (ALMTG) marks the first step in the cooperation between Air Liquide and KazMunayGaz (KMG). The hydrogen and steam produced will be delivered to the Pavlodar Oil and Chemistry Refinery (POCR) in the context of a long term Gas Supply Agreement.

Hydrogen is used for the process of hydrotreatment of diesel and gasoline to reduce sulfur content, thus contributing to cleaner transportation fuels. Air Liquide will bring its technology know-how and operational expertise to reduce the energy consumption and increase operational reliability and flexibility of hydrogen facilities, thus contributing to improving efficiency and competitiveness of the Pavlodar refinery.

ALMTG is a joint-venture between Air Liquide and KazMunayGaz NC (KMG), the Kazakhstan National Oil &Gas company with respective 75% and 25% ownership. The joint venture partners plan to pursue further opportunities in hydrogen and nitrogen supply to KMG’s other refineries.

“We are delighted to work with KazMunayGaz and to start operating in Kazakhstan. We are committed to provide our long-time expertise to improve efficiency and reliability for the benefit of our customer. We are looking forward to continuing supporting industrial development in Kazakhstan,” Olivier Randet, Vice-President, Cluster Eastern Europe, said.

The Large Industries business line of Air Liquide offers gas and energy solutions that improve process efficiency and help achieve greater respect for the environment, mainly in the refining and natural gas, chemicals, metals and energy markets. In 2017, revenues were €5,336 million.

Air Liquide’s Eastern Europe Cluster is present in 9 countries: Russia, Turkey, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and now Kazakhstan. Around 1,400 employees supply products and services to customers.