26 August, 2014:At 40 m long and weighing in at over 100 tons, a state-of-the-art German-engineered cold box is being transported to the Afrox site within the Coega IDZ, where it will be integrated with the rest of the R300-million air separation unit (ASU) being developed by leading industrial gases and welding products company, Afrox.
The cold box utilises proprietary technology to cryogenically separate ambient air into nitrogen, oxygen and argon. The Afrox cold box will feature prominently as it makes its way from the Port of Ngqurha to the Afrox site in the Coega IDZ.
Afrox managing director Brett Kimber reveals that the ASU is the first-of-its-kind in Africa, and the company is proud to be establishing it in the Coega IDZ. “As an industry leader in the gas market, Afrox identified the Coega IDZ as the ideal base for establishing its regional ASU.”
Kimber adds that the final phase of the project has commenced, with mechanical completion expected before the end of 2014 as planned. “We are confident that the new ASU will be operational early in the new year, in record time by any standards, for a project of this size.”
According to Kimber, this investment will be a catalyst for industrial growth in the Eastern Cape. “It will support the development and growth of the local economy, which will in turn lead to much needed job creation. More importantly, Afrox customers will continue to enjoy greater security of supply, complementing our total solutions services and extended product offering.”
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African Oxygen Limited (Afrox) is sub-Saharan Africa’s market leader in gases and welding products. Afrox was founded in 1927, listed on the JSE in 1963, and has prospered by constantly meeting the needs of customers and developing solutions that add value to customer applications. Afrox operates in South Africa and in ten other African countries. It also manages operations in five additional countries on behalf of its parent company, The Linde Group - a global gases, engineering and technology company.
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