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Air Products’ Technology a Perfect Fit for Massive Russian Arctic LNG Project

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 1/23/2014, Location: Asia

Air Products, the global leader in liquefied natural gas (LNG) technology and equipment, has signed an agreement with a consortium including Technip and JGC Corporation to implement the Yamal LNG Project. The LNG plant under construction on the Yamal Peninsula will mark the first time Air Products deploys its proprietary LNG technology and equipment in Russia. The plant will be Russia’s largest LNG production and export facility.

Air Products will supply three MCR® Main Cryogenic Heat Exchangers to be installed at the heart of the propane pre-cooled mixed refrigerant liquefaction process. Each of these units using Air Products’ proprietary AP-C3MRTM LNG process technology and equipment will produce 5.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG, for the overall 16.5 mtpa three-train facility.

“This is the largest project ever of its kind to be located in the Arctic, and the most northern LNG facility in the world. There are some specific challenges with it, beyond the very remote location, such as huge temperature swings. Our equipment and process were specifically configured to address these challenges, and we are very excited at the prospect of playing a significant role in this landmark project,” said Jim Solomon, director - LNG at Air Products. Solomon added with the addition of Russia, that Air Products’ proprietary LNG technology will be operating in 17 countries around the globe.

“After a technology assessment, Yamal LNG has selected Air Products based on their worldwide experience in natural gas liquefaction. We are confident Air Products’ MCR process is the most suitable technology available within the parameters of the project, and we are looking forward to fruitful cooperation with Air Products and a successful start-up of the process trains according to the schedule”, stated Igor Chasnyk, deputy project director for Pre-Operations, Yamal LNG.

LNG from the Yamal LNG Project will be used primarily to meet the growing energy needs of Asia and Pacific Region countries.

A majority of the total worldwide LNG is produced with Air Products’ technology. Air Products has now designed, manufactured, and exported more than 100 coil wound heat exchangers for LNG projects around the globe over the last four decades. In support of the LNG industry, Air Products provides process technology and key equipment for the heart of the natural gas liquefaction process for large export plants, small and mid-sized LNG plants, floating LNG plants and 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.

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