Air Liquide and EZZ Steel, one of the leading steel producers in the Middle East and Africa, have entered into a long-term contract for the supply of industrial gases to EZZ's new plant in Ain Sokhna, east of Cairo, Egypt. Air Liquide Egypt will invest approximately US$80 million in the construction of an Air Separation Unit (ASU) to meet the needs of EZZ over the duration of the contract, as well as those of other customers present in this industrial area.
With an oxygen production capacity of 770 tonnes per day, this ASU will enable Air Liquide to support the development of the Ain Sokhna area, one of the main heavy industry basins in the country, within the Suez Canal Economic Zone. Air Liquide will also extend its network of pipes in Sokhna in order to connect the future plant to the 4 other air separation units that the Group already operates there, which will contribute to greater reliability of supply.
In line with Air Liquide's objective of carbon neutrality by 2050, the project incorporates a roadmap integrating the supply of renewable energy to reduce CO2 emissions.
Pascal Vinet, Director of the Company and member of the Executive Committee of the Air Liquide group overseeing the Europe Industries activities, declared: "We are proud to collaborate with EZZ Steel and to support the growth of the Egyptian steel industry by participating in the creation of one of the largest industrial basins in the country. Our investment in this new production unit and in the pipeline network will strengthen Air Liquide's infrastructure to meet the growing demand for industrial gases from our customers."
Air Liquide is a world leader in gases, technologies, and services for industry and health. Present in 75 countries with 66,400 employees, the Group serves more than 3.8 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen, and hydrogen are small molecules essential to life, matter, and energy. They embody the scientific territory of Air Liquide and have been at the heart of the Group's business since its creation in 1902.
Air Liquide's ambition is to be a leader in its industry, to perform well over the long term, and contribute to a more sustainable world - with a strong commitment to climate change and energy transition at the heart of its strategy. . Its customer-centric transformation strategy aims for profitable, regular and responsible growth over the long term. It is based on operational excellence and the quality of investments, as well as on open innovation and the network organization implemented by the Group on a global scale. Thanks to the commitment and inventiveness of its employees to meet the challenges of energy and environmental transition, health, and digital transformation, Air Liquide is creating even more value for the
Air Liquide's turnover amounted to more than 23 billion euros in 2021. Air Liquide is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (compartment A) and belongs to the CAC 40, CAC 40 ESG, EURO STOXX indices 50, and FTSE4Good.