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Air Products to supply liquefaction technology to Yamal LNG project

LNG Industry,

Air Products, announced yesterday that it has signed an agreement with a consortium including Technip and JGC Corporation to execute Russia’s largest liquefaction project, Yamal LNG, which will produce and export liquefied natural gas (LNG) primarily to markets in Asia and Pacific regions.

The agreement represents the first time that the technology and equipment of Air Products will operate on Russian soil, and comes days after the company held a ceremony for the opening of its new LNG heat exchanger manufacturing facility in Florida.

Air Products will supply three MCR® Main Cryogenic Heat Exchangers which will be installed at the centre of the propane pre-cooled mixed refrigerant liquefaction process. Each of these units using Air Products' AP-C3MR™ LNG process technology and equipment will produce approximately 5.5 million tpa of LNG for the overall 16.5 million tpa facility which consists of three trains.

Jim Solomon, Director of LNG at Air Products, said: “This is the largest project ever of its kind to be located in the Arctic, and the most northern LNG facility in the world. There are some specific challenges with it, beyond the very remote location, such as huge temperature swings. Our equipment and process were specifically configured to address these challenges, and we are very excited at the prospect of playing a significant role in this landmark project.”

Igor Chasnyk, deputy project director for pre-operations, Yamal LNG, said that Air Products had been chosen based on their experience with liquefaction projects around the world. “We are confident Air Products' MCR process is the most suitable technology available within the parameters of the project, and we are looking forward to fruitful cooperation with Air Products and a successful start-up of the process trains according to the schedule," he said.

Earlier this month, majority owners of the Yamal LNG project Novatek sold a 20% interest in the project to China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). After official authorisation from the state regulatory authorities has been granted, Novatek will hold a majority stake of 60%, while Total SA and CNPC will each hold a 20% stake.


Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe

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