Sasol officially launches world’s largest oxygen production plant in Secunda


Sasol and Air Liquide today, 26 March 2018 officially unveiled a €200 million Air Liquide facility, one of the largest Air Separation Unit (ASU) ever built at the company’s synthetic fuels and chemicals complex in Secunda, South Africa.

Air Liquide built, owns and operates a 5000 tonne per day air separation train to supply oxygen and nitrogen to Sasol’s proprietary synthetic fuels and chemicals manufacturing process.

This is the 17th train to be built at Sasol’s Secunda complex.

The train, which is energy efficient, uses oxygen capacity to operate a complex infrastructure.  

“We are proud to be consolidating a strategic partnership built on trust and long-term commitment with Sasol. This project illustrates Air Liquide’s capability to manage very large innovative projects. This new unit sees, for the first time, Sasol outsource its oxygen needs at its Secunda site, confirming our leadership in oxygen production technology as well as our commitment to contribute to South Africa’s economic and social development,” says François Jackow, member of the Air Liquide Group’s Executive Committee, supervising Middle East and Africa. 

The successful start-up of this world class ASU unit cements Sasol’s long-standing strategic partnership with Air Liquide, bringing first rate oxygen supply expertise and long-term reliability to our Secunda operations. Furthermore, this important milestone ensures that our integrated Southern African value chain provides a robust platform for Sasol’s long-term growth and sustained contributions to the country’s economy,” says Bernard Klingenberg, Sasol Group Executive Vice President for Operations. 

Air Liquide has delivered 17 Air Separation Unit (ASUs) to Sasol over the past 40 years.


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