Air Products (APD), the global leader in liquefied natural gas (LNG) technology and equipment, announced today an agreement to provide its proprietary LNG technology, equipment, and process license for Freeport LNG Development, L.P.'s Train 3 gas liquefaction and export project. The sale includes Air Products' main cryogenic coil-wound heat exchangers and associated technology, which will be vital in the production of LNG at the facility near Freeport, Texas.
Air Products will supply its LNG proprietary AP-C3MR™ liquefaction technology, and its MCR® Main Cryogenic Heat Exchanger will be installed at the heart of the proprietary propane pre-cooled mixed refrigerant liquefaction process. Air Products technology and equipment for Train 3 is scheduled to be onstream in 2019.
"We are pleased to have been successful in being selected as the LNG technology supplier for the third train at Freeport LNG, and proud to be able to say we are the supplier for all three trains to operate at the location," said Jim Solomon, director - LNG at Air Products. "As the United States LNG export market has continued to develop, our technology and equipment has consistently been the choice at several locations for LNG projects around the country. We look forward to continued involvement with the industry's coming projects."
"Similar to our Trains 1 and 2 before, we went for the tried and tested workhorse of the gas liquefaction industry — the APCI process — for our Train number 3. This technology is economic, efficient and reliable, and we look forward to our project's start-up and operations as we fully expect these crucial phases to be free of major problems," said Mark Mallett, Freeport LNG's senior vice president, Operations & Projects.
Air Products' involvement in the U.S. LNG export market, besides the three trains for Freeport LNG, includes providing the LNG technology and equipment for Dominion's liquefaction project at Cove Point in Lusby, Maryland, and three production trains for the Cameron LNG Liquefaction Project, in Hackberry, Louisiana.
A majority of the total worldwide LNG is produced with Air Products' technology. Air Products has now designed, manufactured, and exported more than 100 coil wound heat exchangers for LNG projects around the globe over the last four decades. In 2014 Air Products dedicated a second U.S. LNG manufacturing facility in Port Manatee, Florida. The new facility, when combined with the existing Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania facility, doubles the company's manufacturing capacity for its world-leading technology to both meet increasing customer.