Air Products has signed an agreement to supply its proprietary liquefied natural gas (LNG) process technology and equipment to Technip for a mid-scale LNG project in Fengzhen City, Inner Mongolia Province, China.

The technology will be key to a liquefaction train producing approximately 300,000 tons per year of LNG for Fengzhen Wanjie Gas Co. Ltd.

The LNG facility is targeting on-stream production for second-half 2016, with the LNG produced to be distributed to the Chinese market to help meet the growing demand for clean energy.

Under the agreement Air Products’ single mixed refrigerant process technology, as well as the engineering, design and manufacturing of the heat exchanger equipment for the liquefaction section, will be supplied for the LNG plant. The liquefaction process at this site will use Air Products’ proprietary coil wound main cryogenic heat exchanger technology.

A majority of the total worldwide LNG is produced with Air Products’ technology. The company has now designed, manufactured, and exported more than 100 coil wound heat exchangers for LNG projects around the globe over the last four decades.

“With this project, we continue to strengthen our position in the competitive mid-scale LNG market,” said Warren Miller, Business Manager – LNG at Air Products. “Having won several projects of this size, and as a key technology supplier to Technip, we are happy to be providing our state-of-the-art technology and liquefaction expertise for this location. We expect additional projects of this kind as the demand to make available the natural gas from more mid-size undeveloped gas reserves continues to increase.”

Miller added that as Air Products continues to demonstrate its ability to serve all sizes and spectrums of the LNG market, this project in Inner Mongolia will benefit significantly from the company’s proven LNG project experience around the globe.

Increasing demand

Air Products’ LNG technology is vital in helping meet the world’s increasing energy needs and desire for clean energy and is operating in 15 countries around the globe, processing and cryogenically liquefying valuable natural gas for consumer and industrial use.

In support of the LNG industry, Air Products provides process technology and key equipment for the natural gas liquefaction process for large export plants, mid-scale and small LNG plants, floating LNG plants, as well as LNG peak shavers. Upstream, Air Products provides both nitrogen and natural gas dehydration membrane systems for offshore platforms. Downstream, Air Products provides dry inert gas generators for LNG carriers, shipboard membrane nitrogen systems, and land-based membrane and cryogenic nitrogen systems for LNG import terminals and base-load LNG plants.

In January 2014 Air Products dedicated a second US LNG manufacturing facility in Port Manatee, Florida. The new facility, when combined with the existing Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania facility, doubles the company’s manufacturing capacity for its world-leading technology to both meet increasing customer demand and specifically for the manufacture of larger LNG heat exchangers.