Air Products has announced it has signed an agreement with Technip to supply proprietary liquefied natural gas (LNG) process technology and equipment for an LNG project in Yinchuan, China.

Air Products’ technology will be vital for two liquefaction trains each producing 400,000 tpy of LNG for Ningxia Hanas Natural Gas Company, Ltd. The units are targeted to be completed in the second half of 2011.

Jim Solomon, Director of LNG at Air Products said, “This project is an important one for Air Products for several reasons. First, it marks our entry into the Chinese LNG production market. At the same time, it demonstrates the capabilities of our technology in terms of LNG production scale and reinforces our commitment and presence to serve all spectrums of the LNG market, from baseload to peak-shaving, and now to the mid-scale LNG market.”

Under the agreement, Air Products’ single mixed refrigerant process technology, as well as engineering, design and manufacturing of the heat exchanger equipment for the liquefaction sections, will be supplied for each train.

The process uses Air Products’ proprietary wound coil main cryogenic heat exchanger technology. This process is particularly well suited for regional and mid-size LNG production.

The Yinchuan LNG plant will be the largest of its kind in China. The LNG produced will be distributed to the Chinese market to help meet the growing demand for clean energy.