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Air Products to Build New ASU and Liquefier at Nanticoke in Canada
Location to Support Steelmaker's Expansion and Enhance Merchant Supply
    PositionLEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., May 20 /CNW/ -- Air Products (NYSE: APD) today
announced the signing of a new long-term supply contract between its
subsidiary, Air Products Canada, Ltd., and U. S. Steel Canada, Inc., in
Nanticoke, Ontario, Canada.  In conjunction with this new agreement, Air
Products will build a new air separation unit (ASU) with a high efficiency
liquefier facility. The new facility, to be on-stream in the fourth quarter of
2009, marks an expansion of Air Products' oxygen and nitrogen supply to the
steel mill and increased merchant liquid argon capacity, as well as a more
efficient production of merchant liquid oxygen and nitrogen for Air Products'
operation at its Nanticoke facility.
    "We have been supplying the Lake Erie facility's tonnage industrial gas
requirements with our original Nanticoke air separation plant since 1980. This
latest investment by Air Products keeps pace with Lake Erie's increased demand
for industrial gases and represents another milestone in our long-term
relationship.  At the same time, the new liquefier will increase our supply
capacity and improve our market position in the Eastern Canada and
Northeastern U.S. markets for liquid products," said Alex Masetti, vice
president - Tonnage Gases North America for Air Products.
    The new ASU will supply over 1,200 tons per day (TPD) of gaseous oxygen
for U. S. Steel's operations.  The new high efficiency liquefier will produce
over 500 TPD of liquid oxygen and liquid nitrogen, and increase pure liquid
argon production capacity for North American customers in several market
applications.  The larger and more efficient facility will replace the
original Air Products' plant at the same location.
    This investment is another indication that Air Products' industrial
activity in Canada has increased greatly over the past several years.  A new
hydrogen production plant to serve customers in the Alberta Heartlands
industrial corridor and refinery industry near Edmonton, Alberta was placed
on-stream in April 2008.  Air Products also commercialized an earlier hydrogen
production facility at the same location, as well as at a plant in Sarnia,
Ontario to serve local refiners in 2006.  The Sarnia facility is connected
with an Air Products' hydrogen liquefaction plant located nearby, which has
been safely and reliably liquefying and distributing hydrogen for over 25
years.About Air ProductsAir Products (NYSE: APD) serves customers in industrial, energy,
technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of
atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and
equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading
positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery
hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced
coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture,
operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. Air
Products has annual revenues of $10 billion, operations in over 40 countries,
and 22,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit
http://www.airproducts.com.About U. S. Steel Canada Lake Erie WorksLake Erie Works is an integrated market mill focused on the production
and sale of high-quality hot rolled sheet. Principal markets for hot rolled
sheet products in North America include the automotive sector, steel service
centers, and pipe and tubular product manufacturers. U. S. Steel Canada Lake
Erie Works, situated on 4,100 acres in Nanticoke, Ontario on the north shore
of Lake Erie, is a fully-integrated steelmaking facility. It was acquired by
U. S. Steel in 2007 and is the most recent greenfield integrated steel complex
to be built in North America.
    (*)(*)(*)NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements. Actual
results could vary materially, due to changes in current expectations.



For further information:
For further information: Media Inquiries: Art George, +1-610-481-1340, 
georgeaf@airproducts.com, or Investor Inquiries: Nelson Squires, 
+1-610-481-7461, squirenj@airproducts.com, both of Air Products Web Site:
http://www.airproducts.com

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