Air Products wins contract for Algerian LNG Train

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Air Products said the contract will enable Sonatrach to have its largest ever LNG Train, producing 4.5 million metric tonnes per annum. The company didn’t disclose how much the contract was worth.


The new Skikda Train will still be small by global standards, with the new Qatargas Trains able to produce 7.8 MTPA.


Air Products, one of the pioneers of LNG liquefaction technology and the market leader,   is now capable of enabling the construction of LNG Trains producing more than 10 MTPA.


The Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania-based company said it would provide the Skikda LNG project with its proprietary propane pre-cooled, mixed-refrigerant liquefaction process technology, with the Split MRTM refrigeration equipment configuration, and an MCR® main cryogenic heat exchanger.  The equipment is scheduled to be delivered in late 2009.


“Air Products and Sonatrach have a 30-year relationship working together on LNG and other projects.  We’re pleased to continue this relationship and proud to be involved with the development of the largest-ever LNG project in Algeria,” said Jim Solomon, director–LNG at Air Products.


Over the past 30 years, the Air Products technology has been selected by Sonatrach in the development of 12 LNG Trains at Arzew, Algeria.


A majority of the total worldwide LNG is produced with Air Products technology.  The company has designed, manufactured and exported more than 75 LNG heat exchangers from its factory at Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.


In support of the LNG industry, Air Products provides process technology and key equipment for the heart of the base-load liquefaction process, and nitrogen plants for the facility.


Air Products provides both nitrogen and natural gas dehydration membrane systems for offshore platforms in the upstream sector.


In the downstream segment, the company provides dry inert gas generators for LNG carriers, shipboard membrane nitrogen systems, land-based membrane and cryogenic nitrogen systems for LNG import terminals, and LNG peak shavers.