Air Products announced that its latest LNG heat exchanger has begun its long journey from Wilkes-Barre, PA to Nigeria. Scheduled to ship around 7:00 AM EST, the approximately 180-foot-long, 15-foot-diameter, and 330-ton heat exchanger will travel by rail to the Port of Bucks County where it will arrive sometime over the weekend. There, it will undergo additional work and final inspection before being loaded on to a ship for its four to five week sojourn to Nigeria. Once in Nigeria, the LNG heat exchanger will be installed along with three existing Air Products LNG heat exchangers for the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC). This is the fourth of five LNG heat exchangers that Air Products has contracted to produce for NNPC dating back to the mid 1980s.
Commenting on the shipment, Wilkes-Barre Plant Manager Sandy McLauchlin said, "As you can imagine, it takes a lot of coordination with state and local agencies, including five different railroad agencies and the Port of Bucks County, to get something this big where it needs to go. We are thankful for their cooperation in helping us get this equipment to its intended destination so that natural gas can be captured, liquefied, and distributed to where it's needed most," he added.
Air Products has designed, manufactured, and exported 67 LNG heat exchangers
from its Wilkes-Barre facility over the last 30 years. The company has continuously invested in new technology including a recently patented technology that provides scale and efficiency advantages that can lower the cost of producing LNG for markets around the world. Air Products is designing and engineering other LNG projects to implement this new technology.
LNG heat exchangers are used to liquefy natural gas at major gas processing facilities around the world. One LNG exchanger requires, on average, 18–24 months of production.
Export destinations for this equipment have included Abu Dhabi, Algeria, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Qatar, Oman, and other natural gas producing countries. LNG produced with equipment manufactured at Air Products' Wilkes-Barre plant is shipped to Europe, Korea, India, the United States and Japan. LNG is especially important in Japan, where it represents about 10 percent of Japanese energy requirements. A vast majority of the total worldwide baseload LNG production capacity is produced with Air Products' technology.