By Cameron Chai
Praxair announced that its Russian subsidiary has signed a multi-year agreement with Guardian Industries for the supply of industrial gases.
Based on the agreement, Praxair Rus will supply hydrogen and nitrogen to Guardian Industries’ Rostov-based new float glass plant. This is the company’s third Russian project and the second one in the south Volga River region. Rostov is one of the growing industrial regions in southern Russia.
For efficient and timely delivery of gases, Praxair will construct and operate a hydrogen plant and an air separation facility on the Guardian’s site. Both the facilities will commence operation in the third quarter of 2012. A mix of hydrogen and nitrogen delivers a protective environment in the float-glass production process and it eliminates formation of scum, which sticks on the glass surface in the natural atmosphere.
Praxair has been offering superior oxygen-delivery systems, advanced combustion systems and heat recovery applications to global glass manufacturers. These products provide necessary productivity, energy-efficiency and environmental benefits to the companies.
In October 2010, Praxair was awarded a contract from Plastkard, a producer of polyvinyl chloride in Russia, to supply atmospheric gases. In January 2011, the company has entered into an agreement to supply argon, nitrogen and oxygen to a division of EVRAZ Group, NTMK. Under the terms of the agreement, Praxair will deliver over 3,000 t of industrial gases per day to NTMK in central Russia.