By Joshua Stein 

Air Liquide SA said Friday it has signed a long-term contract with BASF SE to supply oxygen and nitrogen to one of the German chemical conglomerate's European sites.

The French industrial-gas supplier said it will invest around 40 million euros ($47.9 million) toward the construction of a new air separation unit at BASF's site in Schwarzheide, Germany.

The unit itself, which is scheduled to be operational in 2023, will produce battery materials for mobility, with a capacity to produce parts for 400,000 electric vehicles annually.

The new unit will increase the supply of oxygen and nitrogen gases to both German and Polish customers, and will also produce liquid products for the industrial merchant market, Air Liquide said.

Air Liquide currently operates a nitrogen production facility at the site, and has been there since 1995.


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February 05, 2021 04:17 ET (09:17 GMT)

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