Murray Hill and New Providence, New Jersey, U.S., July 7, 2014 -- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded a contract to Linde LLC to supply liquid nitrogen and liquid oxygen to six of its research/space flight centers.
The contract calls for Linde to supply over 360,000 tons of liquid nitrogen and approximately 64,000 tons of liquid oxygen to support operations at Glenn Research Center, Ohio; Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland; Johnson Space Center, Texas; Stennis Space Center, Mississippi; Michoud Assembly Facility, Louisiana, and Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama. Nitrogen is used by the agency for pneumatic actuation, purging and inerting, pressurization, and for its cooling value. Oxygen is used as an oxidizer in cryogenic rocket engines.
Cliff Caldwell, vice president & general manager, Bulk Markets & Applications for Linde LLC, said, “We are very pleased with this award from NASA. With more than 30 air separation plants producing oxygen, nitrogen and argon, we have the capacity to serve NASA’s demanding needs. Over the last year, Linde has invested heavily in capital-intensive projects to increase production capacity to support and enhance economic growth in key markets in the United States.” The latest investment announcement is the construction of an ASU in La Porte, Texas, the largest such Linde plant in the U.S. It will supply liquid of oxygen, nitrogen and argon to the rapidly growing market for industrial gases in the Houston Ship Channel area.
Linde LLC is part of Linde North America, Inc., a member of The Linde Group. In the 2013 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of EUR 16.655 bn (USD 23.1 bn), making it the largest gases and engineering company in the world with approximately 63,500 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. The strategy of The Linde 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, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.com