Air Liquide Renews BASF Antwerp Contract
French industrial gases producer Air Liquide has signed a new long-term contract to continue to supply hydrogen (H2) and carbon monoxide (CO) to BASF at the Port of Antwerp, Belgium. The French Tier One supplier has invested more than €200 million in the Antwerp harbor basin in the past two years, including €160 million in a world-scale H2 production unit in 2007 and €50 million in a new CO facility in 2015.
Both units are integrated into Air Liquide’s 200-km pipeline network for northern Europe. The French player said the Antwerp harbor is of strategic importance for its operations in Belgium. It added that the contract renewal with BASF demonstrates the “customer’s confidence in our ability to provide optimal solutions and to ensure reliable sourcing over the long term.”
The BASF site in Antwerp, established in 1964, is the largest chemical production site in Belgium, with around 50 production facilities and more than 580 km of pipeline, and also its second largest complex worldwide.