Industrial gases company Linde Plc announced Monday plans to increase production capacity at its air separation plant in Mims to meet rapidly growing demand for industrial gases.
Through its investment, Linde will increase capacity at Mims by almost 50% to supply its contracted customers across all end markets, including aerospace, healthcare, manufacturing, food processing and water treatment.
The project to expand capacity is expected to be completed in 2023. It follows a similar project in 2020, when Linde doubled the production capacity of Mims through the start-up of an additional air separation unit.
“Liquid oxygen is clearly an important element of most space launches,” Ray Lugo said.
Lugo is the director of the Florida Space Institute at the University of Central Florida. He said without liquid oxygen, space launches can’t happen.
“It would be like, basically, if you had a tank full of gas but you have no oxygen to burn it so you go nowhere,” Lugo said.
Liquid oxygen has been in short supply recently as more and more of it is diverted to hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients.