China Plant Will Include Integrated Liquefier for Merchant Gas Customers
September 04, 2012 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Air Products (NYSE: APD) today announced it has signed a long-term contract with Cangzhou Zhengyuan Fertilizer Co., Ltd. and will build, own and operate an air separation unit (ASU) and integrated gas liquefier in Hebei Province, China. The ASU will produce approximately 2,000 tons per day (TPD) of gaseous oxygen for Cangzhou Zhengyuan’s gasifier operation at its fertilizer plant in Hebei. The facility also will produce liquid product to serve the region’s growing merchant gases market. The Air Products ASU and liquefier are to be onstream in 2014.
“We are pleased to have won this contract and to be working with Cangzhou Zhengyuan. The location of this facility in Hebei Province furthers several of the objectives in our China strategy. It will site sustainable tonnage gases and merchant operations in a key region and use a proven A2000 ASU product line. Further, the liquefier provides for the integrated gases model and offering we are seeking to establish in this market,” said Steve Jones, Air Products’ China president. Jones, a member of the company’s Corporate Executive Committee relocated to Shanghai approximately one year ago as part of Air Products’ corporate strategy to support significant growth opportunities and accelerate the company’s development in emerging markets.
“Air Products’ proven technology in gases for coal-gasification along with its unparalleled operations and management expertise will help strengthen Zhengyuan’s leading position in coal-gasification, synthetic ammonia and urea industries,” said Liu Jincheng, president of Hebei Yangmei Zhengyuan Chemical Group Co. Ltd., parent of Cangzhou Zhengyuan, and chief onsite construction command of Cangzhou Zhengyuan. “The cooperation brings mutual benefits and is a win-win deal.”
The ASU train will include design enhancements to minimize operating costs through energy efficiency. Technology advancements and other productivity improvements support Air Products’ overall sustainability goals of reducing energy consumption and emissions. Air Products will also locate a liquid bulk terminal facility to support the liquefier at this site to serve merchant gas customers in the region.
Hebei Yangmei Zhengyuan Chemical Group is a manufacturer of urea and ammonia via processes that utilize coal as a feedstock and the largest producer of urea and synthetic ammonia in Hebei province. Cangzhou Zhengyuan is its wholly-owned subsidiary.
Today’s China contract award news follows Air Products’ March 2012 announcement of a long-term contract with another fertilizer producer, Xinlianxin, the largest fertilizer producer in Henan Province and the fourth largest coal based urea producer in China. Air Products’ ASU and liquefier are to be onstream at this location in 2013.
Air Products has been operating in China since 1987 and was one of the first multinational industrial gas corporations to invest in the country. With over 40 operating entities, 50 production facilities and 2,200 employees, the company has already established a strong market position in China and serves a broad range of industries.
About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases; performance materials; equipment; and technology. For over 70 years, the company has enabled customers to become more productive, energy efficient and sustainable. More than 20,000 employees in over 50 countries supply innovative solutions to the energy, environment and emerging markets. These include semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, coal gasification, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. In fiscal 2011, Air Products had sales of approximately $10 billion. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
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