By Cameron Chai
Air Products, which offers liquefied natural gas (LNG) technology and instruments worldwide, has entered into a contract with INPEX Operations Australia and JKC Joint Venture (JV) to provide cryogenic heat exchangers and liquefaction technology for two process trains, which will be producing 8.4 million t of LNG annually.
As part of Ichthys LNG Project, Air Products' LNG heat exchanger technology will function at Darwin in Australia and the project is anticipated to be operational from 2016.
As per the contract, Air Products will supply two main cryogenic heat exchangers having the company’s propane pre-cooled mixed refrigerant process. The process uses SplitMR machinery configuration for producing the LNG.
The LNG production units will produce natural gas using the resources available at the Browse Basin offshore in Western Australia.
In fact, since last year, this is the second project for Air Products in Australia. The company has provided cryogenic coil wound LNG heat exchangers to the Floating LNG (FLNG) facility, which is under development for the Shell Prelude FLNG Project. This project is also situated at the Browse Basin offshore.
Air Products has been involved in modeling, producing and shipping coil wound heat exchangers for the last 40 years. It has shipped more than 90 coil wound heat exchangers from its Wilkes-Barre, Pa., United States production unit to different LNG projects, executed in 15 countries.
JKC Joint Venture consists of three companies including Chiyoda, JGC and KBR. INPEX Operations is an agent for Ichthys LNG.