Brunei Oxygen (Brunox) was established in 1962 jointly owned by QAF Brunei and the world’s leader in gases, technologies and services for industry and health Air Liquide of France. With almost 60 years of experience, Brunox is the country’s main supply of industrial gases.
The company serves a wide array of customers including airlines, oil and gas contractors, hospitals, construction sites, laboratories and agrifood industries. Apart from producing industrial gases, Brunox also offers fabrication, installation and commissioning of gas pipeline systems; gas-related onshore and offshore services (pipeline purging & leak testing); welding and
cutting gases, consumables and equipments; training and management programmes; and onsite Gas Management Air Liquide operates in more than 500 plants over 80 countries, spanning five continents. With the joint partnership between QAF Brunei and Air Liquide, Brunox offers the highest standard of quality in technical support and expertise on industrial and medical gas related applications.
In August 2018, Brunox launched the first Air Separation Plant in Brunei. The plant produces liquid nitrogen, oxygen and argon catering to local market demand. The products will also be exported to neighbouring countries like Sabah and Sarawak. According to the Southeast Asia CEO of Air Liquide Virginie Cavalli, Brunox was importing tonnes of industrial gases daily to serve its customers up until recent years.
“The decision to produce in Brunei was taken in 2015,” said Virginie Cavalli. “It became obvious that with local position, we would be in a better position to meet the growing needs of our customers, create more local employment opportunities, enhance local technical competencies and contribute towards the development of Brunei economy.”
The construction of the Air Separation Plant in the Kuala Belait Industrial Complex took a year and a half to complete. With this plant, Brunei can produce 40 tonnes of gas daily.
“We provide training within the country and overseas for our staff because we are venturing into new fields, and producing and importing are different,” said Virginie.
Brunox General Manager Stephen Supan said the storage capacities for nitrogen, oxygen and argon have also been increased. “Expertise is critical to support this venture and we are proud that we can rely on a well-trained workforce that is more than 90 percent local,” said Stephen.
With the emphasis on developing local talents, launching of Brunox Air Separation Unit Plant and opportunities to penetrate the export markets, Brunox plays an important role in bringing Brunei closer to Brunei Vision 2035.
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