Air Liquide to build nitrogen facility in North Dakota

Capitalizing on North Dakota’s booming oil business, industrial gases company Air Liquide announced it will build a nitrogen production facility to supply oil well services in the Bakken Shale.

Construction on the air separation unit will begin in 2012 and be completed by the year’s end. It will locate in the northwest region of North Dakota.

“We are positioning ourselves to better serve existing customers and to capture new business opportunities in North Dakota,” said Air Liquide Industrial U.S. President Mark Lostak in a statement. “The potential throughout this region is significant, and we are prepared to met the growing demand for nitrogen to develop these important domestic energy resources.”

Michael Rosen, vice president of communications, said the company would not reveal the facility’s price or production capacity. But, he added, “we have  sized the plant to meet current and future demand in the region.”

The French company’s U.S. division is based in Houston.