Air Products has been selected to provide its proprietary AP-X® natural gas liquefaction process technology and equipment to Qatargas for the first phase of Qatar Petroleum’s LNG production expansion project in Ras Laffan, the State of Qatar.

Each of the four new LNG process units, the largest LNG production trains in the world, will have a production capacity of 7.8 million tonnes per year.

Once operational in 2025, liquefying natural gas from Qatar’s North Field, regarded as the largest offshore non-associated natural gas field in the world, Qatar will maintain its position as the world’s largest LNG producer.

Dr. Samir Serhan, Chief Operating Officer at Air Products, said, “The truest sign of a satisfied customer is one that comes back and places another order, and Air Products is both pleased and proud that our premier technology was selected again for the newest phase of this massive LNG expansion project in Qatar.”

“Our AP-X liquefaction technology sets the standard for the industry and offers the largest LNG process trains in the world, satisfying our customer’s desire to reduce capital cost per tonne of LNG produced via economy of scale.”

“These immense AP-X units have a process production capacity that is 50% larger than any other LNG train in operation and positions Air Products well for any customer requiring larger LNG process trains.”

Air Products has already supplied key equipment and technology for all of Qatar’s fourteen existing LNG trains operating in Ras Laffan. Its proven AP-X process enables significantly higher LNG production without requiring individual equipment items to be significantly larger and provides flexible operation over a wide range of production capacities.

The industrial gas giant will the AP-X LNG heat exchangers at its Port Manatee, Florida manufacturing facility.