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Praxair starts up ASU for Braskem’s PVC unit in Brazil

7:14 AM MST | January 18, 2013

Praxair’s Brazilian subsidiary White Martins has started up a new air separation unit (ASU) at Alagoas, Brazil. Praxair will supply nitrogen and oxygen to Braskem as a part of a long-term contract. The plant will supply Braskem’s expanded polyvinyl chloride (PVC) unit with 200 m.t./day of nitrogen and oxygen capacity from the ASU. Braskem invested $500 million in the new ASU, which is the highest investment ever made by the company for a single project in Brazil, Praxair says. Braskem’s facility produces vinyls, polyethylene, and polypropylene. The project...

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