Air Products to supply equipment for Texas liquid natural gas project

Air Products of Trexlertown has won the contract to provide its proprietary Liquid Natural Gas technology equipment for a $10 billion natural gas export project along the Gulf Coast.

The Golden Pass Products LNG Export Project, in Sabine Pass, Texas, is a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil. The Air Products technology would be integral to producing around 16 million tons of liquid natural gas annually, once the facility begins LNG production, which is expected in 2024.

Air Products said it will supply its natural gas liquefaction technology and equipment, and three of its Main Cryogenic Heat Exchangers, to be installed at the heart of the propane pre-cooled mixed refrigerant liquefaction process for the three-train facility.

“Air Products is very honored to be selected for the Golden Pass project involving ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum. Our company has a long and successful history of serving the needs of the LNG industry and we intend to remain the leader in LNG equipment and liquefaction technology,” said Samir Serhan, executive vice president at Air Products in a statement.

Equipment for the Golden Pass project will be manufactured at its Port Manatee, Florida, facility. Air Products opened its Port Manatee facility in January 2014.

According to ExxonMobil the Golden Pass Products project, which will begin construction in the first quarter of this year is an expansion at an existing natural gas receiving terminal and regasification facility. This project would allow for both import and export of natural gas.

In addition to the local impact in Texas, ExxonMobil said in a release that it estimated the project could generate the equivalent of 45,000 direct and indirect jobs nationwide during the construction phase, which is expected to last several years.

During operations, it could generate about 3,800 permanent direct and indirect jobs.

The Texas project will be the fourth U.S. export facility using Air Products’ LNG technology.

Stacy Wescoe
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