Gas Plant Opens in Northwest Indiana

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A subsidiary of New Jersey-based Linde North America has built a new specialty gases facility in Hammond. The plant produces gases for the food and beverage, power generation and pharmaceutical industries. Linde invested $4 million into the construction of the operation. February 3, 2014

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MURRAY HILL, N.J. and NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. - Linde North America has completed its new specialty gases plant in Hammond, Indiana. The plant, representing a significant investment, complements the current industrial and medical gas filling facilities and distribution activities in operation at the site.

The new plant produces medical, oxidizing, inert gases and blends along with specialty gas mixtures for scientific and research applications. These products are intended for both domestic and international markets. Bob VanKirk, head of key customers and distributors for Linde North America, said, "This plant is right in line with our goal to be a total gas supplier and reinforces our commitment to Linde's independent distributor network, which will have the ability to serve high quality products to a broad range of end users."

The major users for specialty gases are laboratories, universities, power plants, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Jeffrey Leist, project manager for the new Linde plant, said, "The specialty gases plant will serve as a production hub for Linde's U.S. distributor business as well as for specialty medical gases for Linde's LifeGas unit which services the healthcare industry."

The plant includes the main inert gas and oxidant gas production room. The individual production areas use new semi-automated filling technology. Finally, the new plant also houses a state-of-the-art analytical laboratory with a wide range of specialized and automated sampling systems to assure the quality control necessary to efficiently monitor the new filling processes and analyses of gases produced.

"We employed local contractors from the Hammond/Chicago area for each stage of the project," said Leist. "That includes engineering design, building construction and fill systems installation. The plant also reflects Linde's commitment to safety and is equipped with the top-of-the-line plant and employee safety systems and equipment. All specialty gas filling equipment for the new plant is made here in the U.S."

About Linde in North America

The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 63,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2012 financial year, Linde generated revenue of EUR 15.280 bn (USD 19.9 bn). The strategy of the Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.

Source: Linde North America

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Originally Issued January 16, 2014

MURRAY HILL and NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. - Linde LLC will announce the start-up of its new LNG fueling station in Springville, Indiana, at the World LNG Fuels Conference 2014 at the George R. Brown Conference Center in Houston, Texas, January 21-23. The new station, the first of its kind in the U.S., incorporates the latest technology and design similar to the Linde stations operating successfully in Australia and United Kingdom.

Linde LLC is a member of The Linde Group, a global leader in the growing liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply and fueling market. The World LNG Fuels Conference attracts key decision-makers, buyers and influencers representing companies across the LNG fuel spectrum. In addition to exhibiting at the Conference, Linde is also a sponsor of the event and will present a paper at a session on marine applications for LNG.

"The new Linde fueling system is designed in answer to our customers' requirements for safe operation, fast refueling, quick installation, zero venting to atmosphere and low cost of ownership," said Gary Peterson, head of Engineering and Technology Development for LNG. The Linde LNG station fulfills those needs, offering important advantages compared with competitive LNG stations serving the heavy-duty truck fleet market.

"The new, commercial station offers exceptional performance," said Peterson. "It is economical and scalable as fleet needs expand. It features a Linde dispenser, cryogenic pump, real-time liquid conditioning and liquid nitrogen assist to minimize LNG losses." In addition to this permanent station design, Linde also supplies mobile fueling equipment for truck fleet operators who want to trial LNG and then plan to add LNG-fueled trucks gradually using the new commercial station technology.

Linde has been fueling its trucks that deliver industrial gases to customers from the Springville plant where the company has also modified the maintenance garage so the LNG tractors can be maintained indoors to meet all relevant local and national codes and standards. "We are looking forward to sharing our experience and designs with future customers running LNG fleets similar to Linde's," Peterson said.

Linde also serves other markets for LNG. At the Wednesday 4:00pm Breakout Session on "LNG-Fueled Marine Experience from the Field," Jonathon Harris, manager of LNG Technology, will present a paper describing Linde's class-leading experience serving the marine market. At booth #216 Linde LNG experts will discuss how Linde serves a variety of LNG markets, including heavy-duty truck transportation, drilling rigs and frac spreads throughout North America.

Linde LLC is a member of The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 63,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2012 financial year, Linde generated revenue of EUR 15.280 bn (USD 19.9 bn). The strategy of the Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development. For more information, visit www.lindelng.com

Under the "Clean Technology by Linde" label, the company offers a wide range of products and technologies that help to render renewable energy sources financially viable, and significantly slow down the depletion of fossil resources or reduce the level of CO2 emitted. This ranges from specialty gases for solar module manufacturing, industrial-scale CO2 separation and application technologies to alternative fuels and energy carriers such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen. For more information, go to http://www.linde.com/cleantechnology.

Source: Linde LLC