Air Products has signed a long-term contract with Henan
Xinlianxin Fertilizer (Xinlianxin), under which it build, own
and operate an air separation unit (ASU) and integrated gas
liquefier in Henan Province, China.
The ASU will produce approximately 2,000 tpd of gaseous
oxygen for Xinlianxin's expanding fertilizer plant in
The liquefier will produce over 250 tpd of liquid products,
namely oxygen, nitrogen, and argon, for the region's growing
merchant gases market.
The Air Products ASU and liquefier are to be onstream in
"We are pleased to be supplying Xinlianxin's tonnage
industrial gas needs for its fertilizer plant expansion, said Steve Jones,
Air Products' China president. Our ASU product offering
of this specific size was the right solution for the customer's
needs. This is the first time Xinlianxin has contracted with a
third-party to supply industrial gases, and we are honored by
"From a merchant gases opportunity, this location meets Air
Products' strategic goals in two ways, he continued.
First, the facility's liquefier piggybacks on the ASU
location to provide for integrated and efficient production of
liquid gas products.
Secondly, it will make Air Products the first global
industrial gas producer in this market. The location is within
a key region that Air Products believes will grow in industry
segments we already serve globally including chemicals,
electronics, fabrication and glass."
"Air Products' investment in Xinxiang brings a long-term and
strategic partnership with Xinlianxin," said Liu Xingxu,
chairman and general manager of Xinlianxin. "The collaboration
will help Xinlianxin to improve efficiency, reduce cost and
sharpen its competitiveness. It is a win-win deal for both
The ASU train will include design enhancements to minimize
operating costs through energy efficiency, according to company
Technology advancements and other
productivity improvements support Air Products' overall sustainability goals of reducing
energy consumption and emissions, the company said.
"Our goal is always to provide our worldwide customers with
the lowest cost and newest advanced technology ASU facilities which offer energy
efficiencies that benefit their production operations and the
environment," said Jones.
Air Products will also locate a liquid bulk terminal
facility at this location to serve the varied liquid gas
merchant customers in the region, it said.
Xinlianxin is the largest fertilizer producer in Henan
Province and the fourth largest coal-based urea producer in
Xinlianxin is a producer of urea, methanol and compound fertilizer
using coal as a feedstock. It is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of China XLX Fertilizer.