Air Products on Wednesday announced the signing of
a long-term agreement with Shanxi Lu'An Mining Co. for Air
Products to build, own and operate four air
separation units producing oxygen, nitrogen, compressed
instrument air and steam.
The units will supply Lu'An's multiple process trains at its
coal gasification facility to be built in Changzhi City, Shanxi
It is the second-largest ASU onsite order ever awarded to the
company for a single project, according to Air Products
Air Products' four ASUs will combine to supply over 10,000
tpd of oxygen, more than 6,000 tpd of nitrogen, and over
700 tpd of instrument air.
The first of the four ASUs is targeted for onstream in July
2015. The remaining three are to be operational at one month
intervals with the final ASU scheduled for commercial operation
in October 2015.
"It's been our strategy to pursue large ASU projects in the
high growth China coal gasification market," said Steve
Jones, Air Products' China president.
"This is another key win and important project for Air Products as we
continue to grow our relationship with the major coal groups in
China," he added.
China has significant coal reserves to produce syngas from the
coal and then convert the syngas into fuel, chemicals, and
fertilizers, according to company officials.
At Lu'An's Changzhi City facility, the coal-to-liquids project will produce mainly diesel
fuel and derivatives. Air Products' ASU trains will include
design enhancements to minimize operating costs through energy
Technology advancements and other
productivity improvements support Air Products' overall sustainability goals of reducing
energy consumption and emissions.
"At Lu'An, we strive to cooperate and grow with industry
leaders like Air Products. We look forward to further
cooperation between our companies," said Mr. Jinping Li,
chairman of Lu'An.
The Lu'An win is Air Products' eighth major investment
supporting the gasification segment and the second supporting
the coal to liquid sub-segment in China.
Once all the projects under construction are completed, Air
Products will have 18 ASUs supplying large tonnage quantities
of industrial gases to Chinese gasification facilities.