Air products announced that it's new AP-X liquefaction process technology has been selected for the second strain of the Qatargas II Facility Expansion Project.

The Qatargas II project is located in Ras Laffan Industrial City in Qatar. The facility is the project of Qatar Liquefied Gas Company Ltd (II), a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil Qatargas (II) Limited.

The new AP-X is a duplicate design of the first model announced in March. Each liquefied natural gas (LNG) train is rated for 7.8 million tons of LNG production per year, which is 50% larger than any LNG train currently under construction or in operation.

The second process train is scheduled to be on-stream by 2008.

Commenting on the AP-X LNG process Mark Modjeska, General Manager of Worldwide Equipment for Air Products said,

\\$quot;This novel AP-X LNG process is an elegant combination of several, proven Air Products' process and equipment technologies. It sets a new standard of bankable, low cost-low risk projects for the LNG industry, while at the same time providing an efficient and flexible operation over a wide range of production capacities as new markets are developed.\\$quot;

Air Products provides patented natural gas liquefaction process technology, main cryogenic heat exchange equipment and other key process equipment components in the AP-X Products.