Linde receives contract from BASF for hydrogen plant

2/4/2008, 11:24 AM (Source: GlobeNewswire)
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Munich, 4 February 2008 - The technology group The Linde Group has
signed a contract with BASF to construct a large hydrogen plant for
their facility in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Linde will be handling the
basic and detail engineering and materials procurement for this
project as well as installation and commissioning. The turn-key
hydrogen plant is scheduled to go into operation in mid-September
2009.

"This project once again demonstrates our outstanding expertise and
competitiveness in the area of hydrogen technology," said Dr. Aldo
Belloni, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG.

The efficient application of Linde process technologies results in an
optimisation of operating costs. In addition, the plant significantly
falls below many limits set by environmental protection regulations.

Linde already has built oxygen and ethylene production plants at the
Ludwigshafen facility, but this is the first hydrogen plant that
Linde supplies to BASF. When the new plant goes into operation, it
will increase the facility's total hydrogen capacity by 50,000
standard cubic metres (Nm³/h). The highly purified hydrogen will be
fed into the BASF internal pipeline network.

The Linde Group is one of the leading providers of hydrogen plants
and has already set up more than 200 facilities of this type
worldwide.

The Linde Group is a world leading gases and engineering company with
more than 50,000 employees working in around 100 countries worldwide.
Following the acquisition of The BOC Group plc, the company has gases
and engineering sales of approximately €12 billion per annum. The
strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards earnings-based growth
and focuses on the expansion of its international business with
forward-looking products and services.
For more information, please see The Linde Group online at
http://www.linde.com


For further information, please contact:

Press Investor Relations
Stefan Metz Thomas Eisenlohr
Phone: +49.89.35757-1322 Phone: +49.89.35757-1330



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