Air Products is to undergo a manufacturing expansion to produce liquefied natural gas at its Wilkes-Barre facility.

The company says the existing fabrication area at the facility will be increased by around 30 per cent with additional manufacturing equipment installed and a ‘significant’ number of highly-skilled employees.

Mark Modjeska, director LNG at Air Products, explained the expansion. He said: \\$quot;Air Products continually discusses the needs of the LNG industry with its customers so the right technology and capacity to deliver the equipment on time is in place.

“This is the one of several expansions we have implemented in recent years. All expansions have been performed without interruption to our customers. The current LNG manufacturing expansion required additional floor space which will be completed this fall. Since 2002, our LNG equipment manufacturing capacity will have increased by 100 per cent.”

And he said there was a market trend towards larger LNG process trains – Air Products has so far received six orders for the new AP-X LNG process and equipment which delivers more than 50 per cent higher capacity in a single train than the largest world scale plant in operation.