Air Liquide and NASA Renew Agreement at Kennedy Space Center

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HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP (Air Liquide) today announced that NASA has renewed its agreement for Air Liquide to supply nitrogen and related pipeline launch support services for NASA’s current and future space programs. Since 1968, the Air Liquide plant has provided personnel, materials, and gaseous nitrogen at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Air Liquide will continue to support various Kennedy Space Center testing and launch programs by supplying high-pressure, high-flow nitrogen produced at its on-site air separation unit. The nitrogen supplied to NASA by Air Liquide is used both daily and during launch sequences.

Roger Perreault, president of Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP, stated, “The United States space program is a driver for innovation. We are proud to continue our 45 year relationship with NASA in support of the agency’s commitment to innovation and exploration.”

Air Liquide’s operations at Cape Canaveral include a 162 tons per day air separation unit with a 265 tons per day liquefier. Associated pipeline and launch support systems that rely on the gas plants aid NASA, the U.S. Air Force and commercial launch operations that utilize the Kennedy Space Center. Excess gases, such as bulk oxygen and liquid nitrogen, produced by the facility are used to supply a variety of industrial and medical applications in the region, outside of the space program.

Air Liquide in the U.S.

Air Liquide companies in the U.S. employ more than 5,000 employees in over 200 locations, and offer industrial gases, equipment and related services to customers in the large industries, industrial merchant, electronics and healthcare markets.

The Large Industries business line of Air Liquide provides gas and energy solutions that improve process efficiency and help achieve greater respect for the environment, mainly to the refining and natural gas, chemicals, metals and energy markets. 2012 revenues were € 5 015 million.

Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the environment, and is present in 80 countries with close to 50,000 employees. Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of Air Liquide’s activities since its creation in 1902. Using these molecules, Air Liquide continuously reinvents its business, anticipating the needs of current and future markets. The Group innovates for the good of society while delivering profitable growth and consistent performance.

Innovative technologies that curb polluting emissions, lower industry’s energy use, recover and reuse natural resources or develop the energies of tomorrow, such as hydrogen, biofuels or photovoltaic energy… Oxygen for hospitals, home healthcare, fighting nosocomial infections… Air Liquide combines many products and technologies to develop valuable applications and services not only for its customers but also for society.

A partner for the long term, Air Liquide relies on employee commitment, customer trust and shareholder support to pursue its vision of sustainable, competitive growth. The diversity of Air Liquide’s teams, businesses, markets and geographic presence provides a solid and sustainable base for its development and strengthens its ability to push back its own limits, conquer new territories and build its future.

Air Liquide explores the best that air can offer to preserve life, staying true to its Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable development approach. In 2012, the Group’s revenues amounted to € 15.3 billion of which 82% were generated outside France. Air Liquide is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange (compartment A) and is a member of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 indexes.

Contact:
Air Liquide
U.S. Corporate Communications
Heather Browne, +1 713 624 8594
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