Air Products to supply LNG heat exchangers for Maryland liquefaction plant

Air Products has received its first-ever major LNG heat exchanger order for a US-based liquefaction project, the company announced on Monday.

Air Products will supply its LNG proprietary C3MR liquefaction technology and equipment to a joint venture of IHI E&C International Corp. and Kiewit Corp., for Dominion's major liquefaction export project to be built at Dominion's existing Cove Point LNG import terminal at Lusby, Maryland.

Air Products' MCR main cryogenic heat exchanger will be installed at the heart of the proprietary propane pre-cooled mixed refrigerant liquefaction process.

The Dominion Cove Point liquefaction process will be designed to produce 5.25 million tpy of LNG and is to be operational in 2017.

"We have provided our LNG technology and equipment to baseload LNG projects around the world, but this will be our first large-scale order to be placed and operating in the US Cove Point will be a major liquefaction facility and we are pleased that our industry leading expertise has been selected for this project," said David J. Taylor, vice president of energy businesses at Air Products. 

"We look forward to further involvement in the US export market as future projects develop," he added.

Air Products noted that it had been involved in previous activities at Cove Point. In the late 1970s, the company played a major role in the dry-out and initial cooldown of piping and equipment at the Cove Point facility.

Meanwhile, in 1994, Air Products supplied a small LNG re-liquefier. Air Products also played a role in the re-commissioning of the LNG plant in 2003. Over the years, Air Products has also supplied three nitrogen generators, related equipment, and other services for LNG handling at Cove Point.

On a global basis, Air Products says it has now designed, manufactured and exported 100 coil wound heat exchangers for LNG projects around the globe over the last four decades.

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