Linde to invest more than $200 million in Texas

               Linde to invest more than $200 million in Texas

- To build Linde's largest air separation facility in the U.S.

- Will create world's largest natural gas based gasification complex for
syngas chemicals

- On-stream in the first quarter of 2015

PR Newswire

MURRAY HILL, N.J. and NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., May 30, 2013

MURRAY HILL, N.J.and NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Linde
North America will invest more than $200 million to build a large,
state-of-the art air separation unit (ASU), a new gasification train and
supporting equipment and facilities in La Porte, Texas. The state-of-the art
plants are scheduled to come on-stream in the first quarter of 2015.

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The ASU will be the largest operated by Linde in the U.S. and the addition of
a new gasification plant will create the world's largest gas-based partial
oxidation complex for the production of syngas products for petrochemicals.
"With the new plants, Linde will have a fully integrated presence in the
Houston area that covers air gases and synthesis gas products production and
supply to our customers," said Dr. Rainer Schlicher, head of global business
unit, tonnage.

The air gases (oxygen and nitrogen) produced by the new ASU will supply the
gasification assets at the La Porte site. The new gasifier will convert
natural gas into syngas and 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. Linde also owns and operates three additional
large, partial oxidation facilities that manufacture syngas products using
Linde's world-leading syngas processing technologies and know-how.

Pat Murphy, president of Linde North America, said, "Linde is the leading
syngas supplier in this region. This latest venture, coupled with our unique
portfolio of industrial gas and hydrocarbons technology, engineering and
operations capabilities, will allow Linde to better serve the petrochemicals
industry that is being driven to new heights by the shale gas revolution."

About Linde in North America

Linde North America is a member of The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and
engineering company with around 62,000 employees in more than 100 countries
worldwide. In the 2012 financial year, Linde generated revenue of EUR 15.280
bn (USD 19.9 bn). The strategy of the 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.

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SOURCE Linde North America

Website: http://www.lindeus.com
Contact: Amy Ficon, Linde corporate communications, 908-771-1491,
amy.ficon@linde.com