Qatar: Plant Engineering Air Products’ LNG Technology Selected for Qatar Petroleum’s Mega Project
Air Products’ AP-X Natural Gas Liquefaction Process technology and equipment will be used for the first phase of Qatar Petroleum’s North Field East project in Qatar. The project will comprise of four new LNG process units and each of them will possess a production capacity of 7.8 million tonnes per year.
Pennsylvania/USA – Air Products has been selected to provide its proprietary AP-X Natural Gas Liquefaction Process technology and equipment to Qatargas for the first phase of Qatar Petroleum’s massive LNG production expansion project. The project, commonly known as the North Field East (NFE) project, is located in Ras Laffan, the State of Qatar. Each of the four new LNG process units, the largest LNG production trains in the world, will have a production capacity of 7.8 million tonnes per year.
When these mega LNG trains become operational in 2025, liquefying natural gas from Qatar’s North Field, regarded as the largest offshore non-associated natural gas field in the world, Qatar will maintain its position as the world’s number one LNG producer.
“The truest sign of a satisfied customer is one that comes back and places another order, and Air Products is both pleased and proud that our premier technology was selected again for the newest phase of this massive LNG expansion project in Qatar. Our AP-X liquefaction technology sets the standard for the industry and offers the largest LNG process trains in the world, satisfying our customer’s desire to reduce capital cost per tonne of LNG produced via economy of scale. These immense AP-X units have a process production capacity that is 50 per cent larger than any other LNG train in operation and positions Air Products well for any customer requiring larger LNG process trains,” said Dr. Samir J. Serhan, chief operating officer at Air Products.
Air Products has supplied key equipment and technology for all of Qatar’s 14 existing LNG trains operating in Ras Laffan, the first of which started production in 1996 using Air Products’ AP-C3MRTM LNG technology. Air Products will build the AP-X LNG heat exchangers at its Port Manatee, Florida manufacturing facility.