Air Products To Provide New Ap-X® Liquefaction Process Technology To Rasgas Ii LNG Facility In Qatar

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September 06, 2005

Air Products (NYSE:APD) today announced the signing of an agreement to supply its new AP-X® liquefaction process equipment and technology to Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Co. Limited (II) for Train 7 in Ras Laffan, Qatar. Air Products provides natural gas liquefaction process technology plus key equipment, including the main cryogenic heat exchanger for world-class process trains producing liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The feed gas will come from Qatar's North Field, the largest offshore non-associated natural gas field in the world, with proven natural gas reserves in excess of 900 trillion cubic feet. The LNG process train will be rated for 7.8 million tons per annum LNG production capacity and is scheduled to be on-stream in 2009.

Air Products' AP-X LNG process production capacity, which is 50 percent larger than any other LNG plant currently in operation, is positioned well for a continuing market trend toward larger LNG process trains. "This represents the sixth AP-X process license and equipment order from Qatar Petroleum and the second for RasGas," said Mark Modjeska, director, LNG at Air Products. "The main cryogenic heat exchangers for RasGas II Trains 6 and 7 are the largest in the world that utilizes the AP-X LNG process. Interest in the AP-X LNG process technology continues to grow in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia."

The novel AP-X liquefaction process provides a combination of proven Air Products process technologies and key liquefaction equipment in a way that provides the industry with low spigot cost, high reliability and flexible operation as new markets are developed. A vast majority of the total worldwide baseload LNG production capacity is produced with Air Products' proprietary LNG technology. Air Products has designed, manufactured and exported nearly 75 LNG main cryogenic heat exchangers over the last 35 years.

In support of the LNG industry, Air Products provides process license and key equipment for the baseload liquefaction process, LNG peak shavers, dry inert gas generators for LNG carriers, shipboard membrane nitrogen systems, membrane nitrogen and natural gas dehydration membrane systems for offshore platforms, and land-based nitrogen plants for the baseload LNG facility and LNG import terminals.

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