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Aker Kvaerner completes air separation plant contract in China

Aker Kvaerner has successfully completed its contract for Air Liquide Hangzhou Co. Ltd. for the engineering, procurement and construction of an Air Separation Unit and Liquefier plant in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province near Shanghai, China.

Aker Kvaerner has successfully completed its contract for Air Liquide Hangzhou Co. Ltd. for the engineering, procurement and construction of an Air Separation Unit and Liquefier plant in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province near Shanghai, China.

Air Liquide Hangzhou is a joint venture between Air Liquide and Hangzhou Hangyang Group.

The Air Liquide project was executed from Aker Kvaerner’s Shanghai office.

Mechanical completion was achieved on schedule, at the end of September 2002 and full production commenced in November.

The project was completed with no lost time accidents - contributing further to the company’s strong safety record in China which, by the end of December 2002, will have reached over 5 million man-hours without a lost time accident.

An Opening Ceremony was held on 11 December 2002, and officiated by Mr Francois Legroux, Chairman of Wuxi Hi-tech Gases Co. Ltd. and MD of Air Liquide, China. Over 100 representatives attended the event from local authorities, government departments, clients and contractor companies. Xiao Yi, Project Manager, Aker Kvaerner, said: “The successful completion of the project, on schedule and on budget, demonstrates the growing strength of our organisation in China. We are very proud to have been associated with this project and to have worked with the professionalism and high standards set by our client.”

The grassroots facility has a capacity of 260 tons per day liquid oxygen and associated argon, and 170 tons per day of liquid nitrogen. Production from the plant is sold to local users in the nearby electronic and process industries.

Erika Soechting, Aker Kvaerner, Houston, TX: +1 (713) 270 2466 or erika.soechting@akerkvaerner.com

Dr Hoe Wai Cheong, Aker Kvaerner, Asia Pacific, Tel: +65 6775 8655, Fax: +65 6774 4142, Email: hoewai.cheong@akerkvaerner.com

Graham Green, Aker Kvaerner, China, Tel: +86 (0)21 5081 8811, Fax: +86 (0)21 5081 6006, Email: graham.green@akerkvaerner.com

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Graham Green, Aker Kvaerner, China, Tel: +86 (0)21 5081 8811, Fax: +86 (0)21 5081 6006, Email: graham.green@akerkvaerner.com