Air Products has announced that it has received an order from KBR to provide its proprietary process technology and main cryogenic heat exchanger for the Sonatrach liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Skikda, Algeria.
Air Products’ technology will be vital to Sonatrach and the largest LNG train ever built in Algeria, producing 4.5 million tpy at Skikda, and follows the July 2007 announcement that KBR had been selected as engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the Skikda LNG project.

Air Products will be providing the Skikda LNG project with its proprietary propane pre-cooled mixed refrigerant liquefaction process technology, with the Split MRTM refrigeration equipment configuration, and an MCR® main cryogenic heat exchanger. The equipment is scheduled to be delivered in late 2009.

Jim Solomon, Director–LNG at Air Products, commented on the announcement, “Air Products and Sonatrach have a 30 year relationship working together on LNG and other projects. We’re pleased to continue this relationship and proud to be involved with the development of the largest-ever LNG project in Algeria,”

Over the span of 3 decades, Air Products’ technology has been selected by Sonatrach in the development of 12 LNG trains at Arzew, Algeria, while the 2 companies also participate in a helium joint venture at Arzew.

A majority of the total worldwide LNG is thought to be produced utilising Air Products’ technology and the company has designed, manufactured and exported over 75 LNG heat exchangers from its Wilkes-Barre facility during the last 30 years.