Air Products enters long-term contract with Henan Xinlianxin Fertiliser to build, own and operate an ASU and integrated gas liquefier in Henan Province, China.

The Air Separation Unit (ASU) will produce approximately 2,000 tons per day (tpd) of gaseous oxygen for Xinlianxin’s expanding fertiliser plant in Xinxiang. Meanwhile, the liquefier will produce over 250tpd of liquid products including oxygen, nitrogen, and argon, for the region’s growing merchant gases market.

We are pleased to be supplying Xinlianxin’s tonnage industrial gas needs for its fertiliser plant expansion.

Steve Jones, Air Products

Liu Xingxu, Chairman and General Manager of Xinlianxin, explained the contractor’s choice. He said, “From a merchant gases opportunity, this location meets Air Products’ strategic goals in two ways. First, the facility’s liquefier piggybacks on the ASU location to provide for integrated and efficient production of liquid gas products. Secondly, it will make Air Products the first global industrial gas producer in this market.”

He added, “The location is within a key region that Air Products believes will grow in industry segments we already serve globally including chemicals, electronics, fabrication and glass. Air Products’ investment in Xinxiang brings a long-term and strategic partnership with Xinlianxin.”

The Air Products ASU and liquefier are to be on-stream in 2013. Steve Jones, Air Products’ China President commented, “We are pleased to be supplying Xinlianxin’s tonnage industrial gas needs for its fertiliser plant expansion. Our ASU product offering of this specific size was the right solution for the customer’s needs. This is the first time Xinlianxin has contracted with a third-party to supply industrial gases, and we are honoured by that trust.”

Xinlianxin is the largest fertiliser producer in Henan Province and the fourth largest coal based urea producer in China. The company produces urea, methanol and compound fertiliser using coal as a feedstock.