Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions, the engineering and construction activity of the Air Liquide group, has acquired the LiquefinTM liquefied natural gas (LNG) technology to add to its existing portfolio of LNG liquefaction technologies.

This new acquisition is a dual mixed refrigerant cycle, best adapted to mid and large sized plants, and provides the most competitive LNG product per tonne. The company acquired this technology from fellow French business, IFPEN, which is a public research corporation.

This new addition means the industrial gas giant now covers the entire spectrum of applications, from small to large scale, and expands offerings of equipment and services to help accelerate the global transition of the energy sector.

Through targeted investments and constant innovation, Air Liquide’s engineering and construction activity is further accessing and connecting to engineering and procurement actors, focusing on markets which are rich in natural gas

Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions already owns TurbofinTM, which is a nitrogen (N2) cycle based on cryogenic turbo expanders, and SmartfinTM, which is a single mixed refrigerant cycle. The addition of Liquefin completes the industrial corporation’s family of LNG technologies.

As a result of this new acquisition, its extensive LNG solutions offer now includes technologies, services and equipment for standardised small sized plants, modularised mid to large sized plants and the license, process design package and proprietary equipment for the large scale range, along with equipment for LNG regasification terminals.

All these solutions are based on Air Liquide’s proprietary processes using plate fin heat exchanger technology, compared to alternate solutions such as coil wound heat exchnagers.

Core competence

Leveraging on its cryogenics technologies, which have been a core competence of the company for over 110 years, Air Liquide has now successfully delivered over 20 LNG trains across the globe in the last 50 years.

Domenico D’Elia, Vice-President and Chairman of Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions, demonstrated, “Through targeted investments and constant innovation, Air Liquide’s engineering and construction activity is further accessing and connecting to engineering and procurement actors, focusing on markets which are rich in natural gas through mainly the sale of its proprietary equipment. We are delighted to offer to our customers such state­of­the­art technology and long­term responsible solutions in the LNG sector.”

 

The company is showcasing this new offering at the LNG18 conference in Perth, Australia, which is taking place from 11th-15th April, this week.