Despite external headwinds and relatively modest economic growth prospects around the world, air separation units and other industrial gas projects continue to emerge globally all of the time, in various configurations and ever-increasing capacities – such is the industry’s role at the heart of most end-user markets and applications.
Numerous significant ASU projects were either completed or announced in a number of regional markets this year, and further capacity additions are expected to be realised in 2016. Here are some of gasworld’s highlights of global project developments in the next 12 months.
Here you can find gasworld’s edited highlights, in the Asia-Pacific region.
2016 will see Air Liquide unveil a complex of eight units, including an ASU with a capacity of 2,000 tpd of oxygen, in the Lianjiang Kemen Economic & Development Zone of Fujian Province, Southeast China.
Air Liquide signed a long-term contract with Fujian Shenyuan New Materials Co., Ltd (Fujian Shenyuan) to supply industrial gases for its caprolactam production project in the zone, will contribute to purifying synthesis gas and avoiding sulphur emissions. The complex of eight units will include the aforementioned ASU, a gasification unit, a purification unit of synthesis gas (Rectisol™), and an ammonia plant to supply hydrogen, nitrogen and ammonia.
These plants, to be commissioned beginning of 2016, will produce 75,000 Nm3/h of hydrogen and 250,000 tonnes per year of ammonia.
In Fengzhen City, Inner Mongolia Province, Technip will bring a mid-scale LNG facility on-stream in second-half 2016, with Air Products technology crucial to the project. Air Products signed an agreement to supply its proprietary LNG process technology and equipment to Technip for the project, technology that 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.
Praxair welcomes two new ASUs in Nanjing and Busan to its portfolio in 2016, under long-term contracts with Nanjing Jinling Huntsman New Materials Co., Ltd and Taewoong Steel Co., respectively.
Providing gases for the former’s state-of-the-art propylene oxide (PO) and methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) plant in Nanjing, Praxair will bring on-stream an ASU with a capacity of 900 tpd of oxygen, in the Phase II area of Nanjing Chemical Industrial Park (NCIP). The agreement will also see Praxair build a pipeline in the park to help meet the industrial gas requirements of Jinling Huntsman and other customers throughout NCIP.
Meanwhile under its agreement with Taewoong Steel Co., Praxair will supply high-purity oxygen to the company’s steel mill facility in Busan, in the south of the country. A new 180 tpd ASU and pipeline in the Mieum Foreign Industrial Zone in Busan will serve start up this year and serve both Taewoong as well as new and other existing customers across a variety of industries.
Yingde Gases is set to realise a number of plant start-ups in the year ahead; it expects to grow its total installed oxygen capacity to more than 2,460,000 Nm3/hr in 2016, when the construction of all facilities under development will be completed.
As of 31st December 2013, Yingde Gases Group had a total of 57 facilities in operation and 28 facilities under development, with a total installed capacity amounting to 1,565,900 Nm3/hr in terms of installed oxygen capacity.
Australia will be home to two new developments for Air Liquide in 2016, involving an ASU and a state-of-the-art CO2 recovery plant.
Having secured a long-term agreement in with Nyrstar, an integrated mining and metals company, Air Liquide’s €60m ASU investment will be delivered as part of a redevelopment project at the former’s Port Pirie site in South Australia. The project is designed to convert Nyrstar’s smelter into an advanced polymetallic recovery and recycling facility, in order to reduce the environmental footprint of the site and to enhance both efficiency and production capabilities.
Air Liquide will supply oxygen and nitrogen to the new industrial process, with the new ASU boasting a total capacity of 1,400 tpd and scheduled to start operation in mid-2016.
Meanwhile, in relatively nearby Adelaide, Air Liquide will soon operate a CO2 recovery plant at AGL Energy’s Torrens Island power station. The two companies announced a joint commitment to recover and purify up to 50,000 tonnes of CO2 per year from the power station’s exhaust.
A post combustion capture pilot plant has been operating at AGL’s Loy Yang power station in Victoria since 2008, capturing up to 500 tonnes of CO2 per annum. Now, Air Liquide will introduce a CO2 recovery plant in Adelaide by the second half of 2016, becoming the only plant in South Australia to capture CO2 from existing emissions and will be the first plant to capture CO2 from a power station for the CO2 market in Australia.
Following recovery from the AGL Torrens site, the CO2 will be used in the merchant CO2 market in South Australia, which is currently supplied predominantly from Victoria.
With its population of 250 million and growing personal consumption, Indonesia is expanding both economically and in industrial gas terms. For this reason, it is also the focus of a number of leading players in the Japan gases industry. Iwatani firms up on this interest in the country with a medium-size ASU set to go into operation in January 2016.
With the new plant, the company will be entering the local market for liquid gas and building upon the footprint established in the country by its subsidiary Iwatani Industrial Gas Indonesia. The subsidiary operates a filling plant for carbon dioxide, ammonia and chlorofluorocarbon, mainly for the automotive sector.
*All projects, timelines and capacities correct as of original press releases.