The US’ Air Products has won a contract to design an air separation unit, along with South Korea’s SK Engineering in Saudi Arabia.

The US gas processing specialist will design the unit and it will be built by Samsung, according to an Air Products statement issued on 21 September.

Samsung announced in July that Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) subsidiary National Industrial Gases Company had awarded it a $300m deal to build the facility (MEED 23:7:09).

The air separation unit will process air to produce 3,550 tonnes a day (t/d) of oxygen, 3,600 t/d of nitrogen, and 150 t/d of argon at National Industries’ production facility at Jubail. The plant is due to open by 2011.