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Air Products to supply equipment to Sonatrach’s Algerian LNG facility

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Air Products has been contracted to supply four of its MCR® main cryogenic heat exchangers (MCHEs) to Sonatrach’s GL1Z LNG facility in Arzew, Algeria.

The four heat exchangers will each have 1.3 million tpy production capacity and will replace four previous heat exchangers supplied by Air Products in the late 1970s, which are some of the longest operating MCHEs in the world.

The four MCHEs to be supplied by Air Products will be installed at the heart of the proprietary AP-C3MR™ propane pre-cooled mixed refrigerant liquefaction process at the multi-train facility.

The original six MCHE’s at the Sonatrach facility were supplied by Air Products in 1977. Since that time, the location has undergone multiple rejuvenation projects and the original MCHEs are still in service. The new exchangers will incorporate the latest advances in design and manufacture.

“This is a very significant contract for Air Products to have won with a very important customer, Sonatrach, who has been a valuable customer of ours for many years. This is another important milestone in our commitment to work with Sonatrach in Algeria and deliver the best heat exchanger technology in the LNG industry. Air Products is very proud that we built the original heat exchangers, which are still operating at the Arzew facility in Algeria and have been for over four decades. Air Products’ goal is to provide excellent customer service and develop long standing relationships with our customers and our continuous work with Sonatrach in Algeria is a perfect example of doing just that,” said Dr. Samir J. Serhan, Air Products’ COO.

“Air Products’ supply, installation, supervision, and commissioning of the four MCHEs is part of Sonatrach’s plan to revamp its LNG plants built in the 1970s. This project will help reduce maintenance costs, reduce gas consumption rates and maintain LNG gas production at the GL1Z plant. We have confidence in the expertise and capacity of Air Products as a Sonatrach LNG technology traditional provider, and as a partner in the gas industry to manage the contract in a way that matches our plan,” said Toufik Hakkar, Sonatrach’s CEO.

Additionally, beyond the supply of the equipment, Air Products will be responsible for overseeing the installation of the equipment and also provide advisory services and engineering studies.

Air Products will build the LNG heat exchangers at its manufacturing facility in Port Manatee, Florida.

Image courtesy of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

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