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BOC commissions new industrial gases production facility at OneSteel`s Whyalla steelworks

BOC Gases : 22 January, 2002  (New Product)
The oxygen and nitrogen have begun flowing at BOC
'The new facility will meet Whyalla Steelworks’ current demand for industrial gases, and still allow for substantial growth of the South Australian and Northern Territory liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon merchant markets for the next 15 years,' says David Hind, managing director, Process Gas Solutions, South Pacific.

BOC and OneSteel signed the contract for the construction of the production facility in August 2000, and production began three weeks ahead of schedule on November 14, 2001. By relocating a plant from Newcastle, New South Wales, where it had supplied BHP until 1999, BOC was able to reduce the cost of the new facility. The principal contractor, Transfield Worley, procured the contract for dismantling the Newcastle plant and relocating it to Whyalla.

BOC owns and operates the gases production facility at the Whyalla site and will supply the Whyalla Steelworks with 500tpd of oxygen, 60tpd of nitrogen and 10tpd of argon. BOC operates the plant remotely from its South Pacific Operating Center in Sydney, New South Wales. On-site, the plant is manned 24 hours per day, employing a production manager and six supervisors.

The new production plant is part of a large BOC investment program in the South Pacific. Other recent investments include the Bulwer Island, Brisbane project with BP; the Port Kembla, New South Wales project with BHP Billiton; a new compressed gases production facility at Canning Vale, Perth, and new plants and supply contracts at Murrin Murrin in Western Australia, and Macraes in New Zealand.

The Whyalla Steelworks is a fully-integrated iron and steel making facility with production capacity of approximately 1.1 million tons of raw steel per year for OneSteel, which in turn services customers in such areas as the construction, mining, manufacturing, rural and rail transportation industries. OneSteel Whyalla Steelworks is the only Australian manufacturer of rails.

The successful construction and start-up of the Whyalla facility enabled BOC to decommission its Adelaide production facility that had been serving South Australia for more than 30 years.
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