Air Products plans to expand its LNG heat exchanger capacity
by building a second manufacturing facility at a new location
in Manatee County, Florida, the company said on Thursday.
The location's access to port services will facilitate
global shipping of the equipment and also allow Air Products to
build even larger LNG heat exchangers, as demanded by the
market, the company said.
"The number of potential LNG projects in the pipeline is at an
all-time high due to the strong demand for cleaner fuels in
growing economies worldwide, said Jim Solomon, director
of LNG at Air Products.
Additionally, several of the projects on the horizon will require
the largest heat exchangers we have ever built, and the new
location does not face the same shipping constraints of our
current location. We believe the site we have selected in
Florida offers exactly what we need.
The new 300,000 square foot LNG
manufacturing facility, which will employ approximately 250
employees in a four year ramp-up period, is to be complete and
begin operations in late 2013.
Air Products has constructed LNG
heat exchangers, which may be as large as 16.5 feet (5.0
meters) in diameter, 180 feet (55 meters) long, and weigh as
much as 500 tons, at its existing facility in Wilkes-Barre,
Pennsylvania, for over 45 years
"Our technology's reputation was built on
the work conducted and LNG heat exchangers manufactured at
Wilkes-Barre, said McLauchlin.
Due to the various constraints in the shipping process
for the even larger heat exchangers that are required to
satisfy the capacities forecasted to be required by customers,
we needed to remove these constraints to remain globally
competitive in this technology.
We intend to operate both facilities for the foreseeable
future in order to meet the forecasted customer demand for LNG
heat exchangers of all sizes.
The LNG process technology, in place at some of the
most remote locations around the world, takes natural
gas that is essentially a stranded valuable resource, and
unlocks it by liquefying it and making it possible to
economically ship it around the world, the company
is eventually re-gasified for energy use.