LONDON(ICIS)–Air Liquide announced the
acquisition of the biggest oxygen production
site in the world from Sasol, the French
industrial gases major said on Thursday.
The investment for Sasol’s 16 Air Separation
Units (ASUs) with 42,000 tonnes/day capacity in
Secunda, South Africa was valued at around
South African Rand (R)8bn (around €480m).
On the Secunda facility, Air Liquide has been
operating a 17th ASU for Sasol, with a capacity
of producing of 5,000 tonnes/day since 2018.
As part of the transaction, 220 employees
already working at the site will join Air
Liquide in continuing to manage the ASUs.
Air Liquide and Sasol have launched a Request
for Proposal (RFP) to procure 600MW of
renewable energy to power the facilities in
Secunda by 2025, as part of a joint commitment
to obtain 900MW by 2030.
This will allow Air Liquide to reduce carbon
dioxide (CO2) emissions by 30-40% over the next
“In line with our strategy, and with our
commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2050,
this operation demonstrates our resolve to act
now in favor of the climate and local
ecosystems”, said Air Liquide CEO Benoit