Air Products Building Air Separation Units for China Coal-to-Chemicals Project

Air Products has signed a contract with Pucheng Clean Energy Co., Ltd. (PCEC) for the largest single air separation unit (ASU) on-site order ever committed to an industrial gas company. PCEC, a state-owned enterprise established in 2008, will use the industrial gas products in a coal gasification process for chemical production.

Under a long-term supply agreement, Air Products will build, own and operate three ASU trains producing more 8,200 tons per day (TPD) of oxygen, more than 3,100 TPD of nitrogen, more than 375 TPD of compressed dry air for PCEC, and will also produce liquid products for the merchant market in the region.

Air Products’ ASU facility at the PCEC plant in Weinan, Shaanxi Province, China is to be onstream in mid-2013. The ASU trains are to include design enhancements to minimize operating costs through energy efficiency.

The PCEC agreement comes less than a month after Air Products announced it would build a world-class hydrogen production facility in Sichuan, China for PetroChina Company Limited, one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world. The agreement signified the first time a state-owned refinery in China would outsource its hydrogen requirements. The facility is to be onstream in early 2012.

Air Products is also building an ASU for PetroChina to provide industrial gases and also merchant liquid products which is to be onstream in late 2011.

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