The new Linde ASU (Air Separation Plant) in Kėdainiai, Lithuania has been operating on a trial basis since early December and is now in full operation after having received final approvals for the completion of construction work.
Darius Kočanas, Plant manager, says that the tests showed that the equipment fully complied with both quantitative and qualitative technical parameters, and can produce up to 100 tons of nitrogen and oxygen per day.
"Increased production capacity will allow us to meet the growing consumer demand. The new plant will help expand and strengthen the existing position of the industrial gas market leader in the region and will allow the development of new gas application projects, ”said Dalius Klyvis, Baltic Business Development Manager at Linde.
The plant will supply industrial and liquid oxygen and nitrogen products to the Baltic market. They are the most common industrial gases - used in the food industry, metal processing, chemical industry, glass, and paper production, water treatment, fish farming, and other fields.
The focus is on the environment and sustainability
The new air decomposition plant has been designed to have minimal impact on the environment and to use resources economically. It has a particularly efficient energy consumption and the ability to adjust production loads if necessary. The plant will be operated using green electricity produced from renewable energy sources. An air separation plant closer to customers will facilitate transportation and shorten delivery times. Higher energy efficiency and lower emissions will also contribute to a sustainable environment.
The plant was built by Linde Engineering together with partners from Lithuania for construction, hardware installation, and energy supply systems, with an exceptionally high level of automation and compliance with the latest safety standards.
In total, about 20 million EUR was invested in the oxygen and nitrogen plant in the Kėdainiai free economic zone.