Linde Installs Gasifier Vessel At Texas Complex

January 2015, Vol. 242, No. 1

Linde North America has completed installation of the gasifier vessel, a significant step in the construction of its new gasification train at its La Porte, TX facility. The plant is part of an investment that includes a state-of-the art air separation unit (ASU), which is also under construction. The gasification plant is scheduled to come on-stream in early 2015.

The new gasifier will convert natural gas into syngas which can be processed into constituent products such as carbon monoxide, hydrogen and carbon dioxide which are used to produce methanol, downstream chemicals and cleaner transportation fuels. The syngas products will be served by pipeline to a key customer. The plant will also produce liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon to serve the rapidly growing merchant markets in and around the Houston Ship Channel and beyond.