Industrial gases are vital as water and electric power. Even in everyday life
Industrial operations require oxygen, nitrogen, argon, xenon, neon, krypton, along with carbon dioxide, acetylene, hydrogen and helium and a wide variety of gas mixtures. At Messer we call these gases « Gases for Life ». They are produced in large-scale industrial plants and are just as important as water and electrical power for many manufacturing processes which make everyday products.
Where do they come from?
Oxygen, nitrogen, argon, xenon and krypton are produced from the air. Carbon dioxide is primarily collected from the exhaust of industrial operations and cleaned. In some cases it is also produced from natural underground sources. Hydrogen and acetylene are produced chemically. Helium is extracted from underground sources
How do « Gases for Life » reach the customer?
Pour répondre aux besoins en petites quantités, les gaz sont stockés dans des bouteilles sous pression. Lorsque nos clients ont besoin de gaz industriels en grandes quantités, nous installons sur leurs sites des réservoirs fixes permettant de stocker des gaz tels que l'oxygène, l'azote, l'argon ou le CO2 sous forme liquide. Les gaz liquéfiés sont transportés depuis nos sites de production jusque chez nos clients dans des camions citernes.
In smaller quantities, gases are stored in pressurised gas cylinders. When industrial gases are needed in large quantities, we install tanks at our customer’s plant. Those tanks are used to store gases such as oxygen, nitrogen, argon or CO2 in liquid form. Tanker trucks and railway tanker cars are used to transport the gas from the production plants to the customer.
Major industrial concerns such as steel works or chemical companies need so much gas that they often have an air separation unit operating on their grounds. Sometimes pipelines are also used to supply gases to one or more major facilities, such as in industrial parks.
The greater the quantity of gases which a consumer needs, the shorter the distance should be between the customer’s site and the location where the gases are produced. Generally speaking, gases are produced where they are needed: close to densely developed industrial areas.
Who needs « Gases for Life » ?
Industrial gases are used in a variety of purity grades and for a wide range of purposes. Including as food gases and medical gases. Industrial
gases can make production processes safer and more cost-effective and improve product quality. They often contribute to environmental protection. Some processes and applications would even be inconceivable without the chemical processes of gases. Typical user sectors include the automotive industry, the steel industry, environmental engineering, food and beverages, construction, metallurgy, glass and ceramics, medicine and pharmaceuticals, the chemical industry, and research and development.