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Air Products has announced an agreement with Technip to supply Air Products’ liquefied natural gas (LNG) process technology for an LNG project in Yinchuan, China.

Air Products’ technology will be vital for two liquefaction trains, each producing 400,000 tons of LNG per year for Ningxia Hanas Natural Gas.

The units will be completed in the second half of 2011.

Under the agreement, Air Products’ single-mixed refrigerant process technology, as well as engineering, design and manufacturing of the heat-exchanger equipment for the liquefaction sections, will be supplied for each train.

The process uses Air Products’ proprietary wound coil main cryogenic heat-exchanger technology.

This process is particularly suited for regional and mid-size LNG production.

The Yinchuan LNG plant will be the largest of its kind in China.

The LNG produced will be distributed to the Chinese market to help meet the growing demand for clean energy.

Air Products provides process technology and key equipment for the heart of the natural-gas liquefaction process, and also nitrogen plants for the base-load LNG facility, as well as process technology and equipment for 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.

News of this LNG agreement follows two recent Air Products industrial gas projects in China announced in September.

An Air Products joint-venture company based in Sichuan, China has signed an agreement to build an air separation unit (ASU) for Petrochina, one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world.

The ASU will supply oxygen and nitrogen to Petrochina’s main refinery and ethylene complex in Sichuan, as well as produce liquid products for Air Products’ merchant gases customers in the Chengdu area.

The ASU will be on-stream in late 2011.

Air Products is also planning to purchase and operate four existing air-separation units and build a new ASU, to be on-stream in March 2011, to supply industrial gases to Xingtai Iron and Steel, located in Hebei province, China.

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