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April 15, 2013

Air Products’ LNG technology selected for Petronas in Malaysia

Gerald Ondrey

Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; has received an LNG heat exchanger order from Petronas for a major LNG project in Malaysia. Air Products’ SplitMR liquefaction process and technology was selected and will be supplied to the Petronas LNG Train 9 Project. This project will produce 3.6-million ton/yr of LNG and is an expansion of the existing Petronas LNG Complex in Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia.

For 20 years Air Products has supplied multiple LNG trains, technology and equipment to the land-based Petronas Bintulu facility, with the first train becoming operational in 1983. Overall, Air Products’ LNG technology and equipment is currently employed in the facility’s eight existing production trains designed to produce 25.7-million ton/yr of LNG. Production of LNG will increase to 29.3-million ton/yr via the additional ninth train with Air Products involvement at the Bintulu facility, targeted as ready-for-start-up by end 2015.

Today’s LNG heat exchanger announcement is the second within a year, and follows Air Products’ July 2012 news of an order for its AP-NTM LNG process for Petronas’ Floating LNG Project 1 (PFLNG 1). PFLNG 1 is a floating LNG production platform, which will operate 180 kilometers off the coast of Malaysia. It will produce 1.2-million ton/yr of LNG when it comes on stream in late 2015. The AP-NTM LNG process is the most efficient of all nitrogen recycle LNG processes in the industry, and is ideally suited for FLNG applications.

When the new projects are onstream at the two Petronas-operated locations, Air Products’ technology and equipment will be integral to the production of an additional 4.8-million ton/yr of LNG in Malaysia.



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