Air Products has announced that its new AP-X® liquefaction process technology has been successfully placed on-stream at the Qatargas 2 Train 4 expansion project.

The new technology increases single train LNG production capacity over the current generation of LNG process trains by approximately 50 percent.

This single LNG process train for the Qatargas 2 facility, located in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar, is rated for an annual LNG production capacity of 7.8 million tpy, making it the first in a coming series of the world’s largest LNG process trains involving Air Products’ technology.

“Placing our new AP-X technology on-stream for the first time at an LNG facility is another major milestone for Air Products and the LNG industry. Air Products congratulates Qatargas on inaugurating and fully commissioning its world-class production facility,” said Stephen Jones, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Tonnage Gases, Equipment and Energy at Air Products.

“We take a great deal of pride in our LNG capabilities and leadership, and at a time when natural gas usage is increasing in importance on a global basis as a source of energy, we are especially pleased to be able to meet the trend of the industry’s demand to operate larger LNG process trains.”

The feed gas for the project will come from Qatar’s North Field, the largest offshore non-associated natural gas field in the world, with proven natural gas reserves in excess of 900 trillion cubic feet.

Air Products' new AP-X technology is also being installed for three other LNG trains under construction for Qatargas in Ras Laffan, Qatar: Qatargas 2 (Train 5), Qatargas 3 (Train 6), and Qatargas 4 (Train 7). All of these process trains have a design capacity for an annual LNG production capacity of approximately 7.8million tpy.