Air Products has signed an agreement with the JKC joint
venture (contractor) and INPEX (operator), under which it will
supply liquefaction technology and main cryogenic heat
exchangers for two process trains to produce 8.4 million tpy of
The LNG heat exchanger technology will operate in Darwin,
Australia, as part of the Ichthys LNG project (INPEX 76% stake,
Production is expected to come on stream by the end of
"This project extends our presence in
Australia, which is the most active area in the world right now
in LNG project development, said Jim
Solomon, director of LNG at Air Products.
If the pace of activity continues, before too long
Australia may be able to lay claim to the title of the world's
largest exporter of LNG," he continued.
Spurring this growth is the fact that natural gas
usage is increasing in importance on a worldwide basis as a
source of clean energy. As a result, Air Products is seeing
increased project activity globally, and we see the projected growth for LNG continuing
over the next decade.
Under the agreement with JKC and INPEX, Air Products will
provide two main cryogenic heat exchangers with a proprietary
propane pre-cooled mixed refrigerant process using the
SplitMR machinery configuration to produce the LNG, it
The LNG units will process natural gas from reserves located
in the Browse Basin offshore Western Australia.
JKC is an engineering joint venture comprised of JGC, KBR