LNG Technology Agreement No. 3 for Air Products in the Growing U.S. LNG Export Market

Editor: Dr. Jörg Kempf

Air Products has signed an agreement increasing its already active and integral role in the growing U.S. LNG export market. Air Products will be providing its proprietary LNG technology, equipment, and related process license for three production trains for the Cameron LNG Liquefaction Project, located in Hackberry, Louisiana.

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An Air Products LNG heat exchanger is loaded aboard a ship for transport to another global customer.
An Air Products LNG heat exchanger is loaded aboard a ship for transport to another global customer.
(Picture: Theo Anderson/Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.)

Lehigh Valley, Pa./USA – The Department of Energy has approved the Cameron LNG facility for LNG export up to 12 million tons per year. Air Products’ sale includes three main cryogenic coil wound heat exchangers and the associated equipment and technology.

“The export market for LNG in the United States (U.S.) is new and developing, and we have been successful in winning the business for several of the most recently announced projects. We are pleased to support Cameron LNG at the Louisiana location, and after decades of our technology operating at many locations around the world, we look forward to seeing our technology operating here in the U.S.,” said Jim Solomon, director - LNG at Air Products.

“Cameron LNG, as one of the first new liquefied gas export terminals in North America, is currently under construction. Air Products is an essential part of Cameron LNG’s efficient solution to delivering safe and reliable LNG to our customers,” said Farhad Ahrabi, Chief Executive Officer of Cameron LNG LLC. Cameron LNG is jointly owned by Sempra, GDF SUEZ, Mitsui, and Japan LNG Investment, LLC (a company jointly owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Yusen Kabashiki Kaisha (NYK)).

Air Products will supply its LNG proprietary C3MRTM liquefaction technology and equipment, and its MCR Main Cryogenic Heat Exchangers will be installed at the heart of the proprietary propane pre-cooled mixed refrigerant liquefaction process.

In addition to Cameron LNG in Louisiana, Air Products is also providing its LNG technology and equipment for Freeport LNG's liquefaction and export project in Freeport, Texas, and Dominion’s liquefaction project at its Cove Point LNG facility in Lusby, Maryland. “There is an element of pride involved in playing a significant role in what will be one of the first LNG export terminals in the U.S. At the same time, we look forward to continued market involvement in the U.S. as other projects proceed to development,” said Solomon.

A majority of the total worldwide LNG is produced with Air Products’ technology. Air Products has designed, manufactured, and exported more than 100 coil wound heat exchangers for LNG projects around the globe over the last four decades. In January 2014 Air Products dedicated a second U.S. 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.

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