Air Products LNG technology used in Qatari NFS project 2023

Under the terms of the contract, Air Products will deliver two new LNG process trains in addition to the four trains presently being constructed for the North Field East (NFE) project, each with an additional annual production capacity of 8 million tonnes.

In addition to the proprietary AP-X process technology and apparatus for the liquefaction of natural gas, the contract also includes technical services. The apparatus consists of main cryogenic heat exchangers, subcooling heat exchangers, Rotoflow turbomachinery companders, and nitrogen economizer chill boxes.

All engineering and design will be performed at Air Products’ global corporate headquarters in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and the MCHE and SCHE will be manufactured at Air Products’ LNG equipment manufacturing facility located on Florida’s west coast.

AP-X liquefaction technology boosts LNG production in these LNG trains

Air Products stated that it has supplied essential equipment and technology for all of Qatar’s existing LNG trains operating in Ras Laffan, including the initial units, which began production in 1996 using Air Products’ AP-C3MRTM LNG Process technology; six AP-X LNG Process trains, which began operation between 2009 and 2011; four AP-X LNG Process trains currently under construction; and the two new AP-X LNG Process trains for NFS.

“Once again, we are ecstatic that our LNG technology has been chosen for the latest liquefaction expansion project in Qatar’s North Field. The proven AP-X process technology of Air Products enables significantly increased LNG production with flexible operation across a broad spectrum of production capacities.

Air Products’ Chief Operating Officer, Samir J. Serhan, remarked, “The unmatched performance, reliability, and efficiency of our equipment, coupled with responsive technical service and support, enables customers to optimize a facility’s overall performance with safe and sustainable solutions.”

Qatar’s NFE and NFS comprise the larger North Field Expansion project to increase North Field LNG production by 48 mtpa, bringing Qatar’s export capacity to 126 mtpa by 2028.

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