August 09, 2005 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Air Products (NYSE:APD) today announced plans to increase manufacturing capacity for its proprietary equipment to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) at its Wilkes-Barre, Pa. facility. A vast majority of the current worldwide baseload LNG production capacity is produced with Air Products' technology. The LNG manufacturing expansion consists of increasing the existing fabrication area by approximately 30 percent, installing additional manufacturing equipment, and hiring a significant number of highly-skilled, full-time employees.
"Air Products continually discusses the needs of the LNG industry with its customers so the right technology and capacity to deliver the equipment on time is in place. This is the one of several expansions we have implemented in recent years. All expansions have been performed without interruption to our customers. The current LNG manufacturing expansion required additional floor space which will be completed this fall. Since 2002, our LNG equipment manufacturing capacity will have increased by 100 percent," according to Mark Modjeska, director, LNG at Air Products.
Modjeska added that a market trend toward larger LNG process trains is evident as Air Products has already received six orders for the new AP-X® LNG process and equipment, which delivers more than 50 percent higher capacity in a single train than the largest world scale plant in operation. The AP-X LNG process has economy of scale benefits, as well as a wide range of operational capacity.
Air Products' support of the LNG industry worldwide goes beyond providing the process license and equipment for the baseload liquefaction process. Air Products' proprietary technology capabilities are provided throughout the LNG value chain. In shipping, it provides dry inert gas generators for LNG carriers and shipboard membrane nitrogen systems. Offshore, it provides membrane nitrogen and natural gas dehydration membrane systems. For the LNG production and import terminals, it provides nitrogen plants for inerting and Btu (British thermal unit) adjustment, respectively. It also provides LNG peak shavers for the distribution portion of the LNG value chain.
Air Products has designed, manufactured, and exported over 75 LNG heat exchangers over the last 35 years.
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in technology, energy, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of products, services and solutions, providing atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment and is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices. The company has annual revenues of $7.4 billion, operations in over 30 countries, and nearly 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
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