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News ReleaseNew Air Products’ Nitrogen Plant Boosts Company’s Blending of UK’s Natural Gas Requirements Up to 30%

December 01, 2010 London, U.K.

Air Products today announced it is building a new facility to supply nitrogen to National Grid's Isle of Grain LNG terminal on the Isle of Grain, Kent. This facility will support National Grid’s Phase III development of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at the site. E.ON, Iberdrola and Centrica will supply the LNG, and the nitrogen supplied by Air Products will help adjust the LNG quality to the appropriate UK natural gas specification. The facility is expected to be on stream in the winter of 2010/11.

This will be the third Air Products’ owned and operated nitrogen generation facility on the Isle of Grain. The earlier two came on stream in autumn 2005 to supply to Phase I of the LNG terminal, and in winter 2008 to supply to Phase II.

The new Air Products’ nitrogen facility will be used to help blend a further 5 million tonnes of natural gas per annum, bringing the total capacity at the National Grid terminal to 14.8 million tonnes of LNG per annum. This is the equivalent of 20% of Britain’s natural gas demand from this site.

Howard Castle-Smith, Air Products’ Vice President Tonnage Gases Europe, Middle East and Africa explains: “We are very proud to have won this new contract with National Grid, strengthening our successful relationship established since 2005. This is another key project for us to be involved in, as the UK's requirement for imported gas continues to increase as North Sea production has declined. Our proven track record in building energy efficient and reliable plants on time, coupled with our engineering excellence, gives us the confidence we are the right partner for these high integrity projects.”

Air Products announced in April 2007 that it had won a similar contract with Dragon LNG, in Wales, which, added to the projects at Isle of Grain equate to Air Products blending up to 30% of the UK’s demand for natural gas.

About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. 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. In fiscal 2009, Air Products had revenues of $8.3 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 18,900 employees around the globe. For more information, visit  

About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an international electricity and gas company and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. National Grid owns the high-voltage electricity transmission network in England and Wales and operates the system across Great Britain. It also owns and operates the high pressure gas transmission system in Britain and its distribution business delivers gas to 11 million homes and businesses. National Grid also has a number of related businesses such as LNG importation and storage, land remediation and metering.

In the US, National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers. It is also the largest distributor of natural gas in the north eastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. For more information, visit  

For more information, please contact:
National Grid
Stewart Larque, UK Media Relations Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1926 655274

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