Air Products, the world's leader in liquefied natural gas technology and equipment, opened its new LNG equipment test facility at Port Manatee, Florida.
The location of the ETF at the Port Manatee manufacturing facility consolidates Air Products' LNG investments at the Florida location. The ETF will allow for the collection of data to develop designs for the next generation of innovative Air Products' coil wound heat exchangers. To date, 116 large coil wound heat exchangers have been deployed by Air Products at LNG facilities throughout the world.
Air Products is also increasing the manufacturing capacity of the facility at Port Manatee by over 50 percent and held a groundbreaking for the expansion project. The use of LNG continues to increase around the world with strong energy demands in growing economies.
"Air Products has a long and successful history of serving the needs of the LNG industry. We intend to remain the leaders in this industry and the events of today are designed with that intention. We already have the best performing liquefaction technology, have passed every customer performance test, and our products exceed customer expectations on output and longevity on a regular basis. We continue to invest in this business to continue to develop our product line and the ETF will allow us to do more testing and to evaluate improved product designs for the benefit of our customers. It is another example of our intent to maintain our leadership and stay ahead of the trends in this market," said Dr. Samir Serhan, Executive Vice President at Air Products.
"We are committed to always providing the best-in-class equipment and technology to the LNG industry and to never missing a delivery and exceeding all customer expectations in terms of performance and efficiency. We want customers in the LNG market around the world to know that we are adding production capacity to this location right now so that we are prepared and not limited in our manufacturing capability when new LNG plant opportunities are announced and developed," said Serhan.
Air Products dedicated its Port Manatee facility in January 2014 and rolled out its first LNG heat exchanger from the facility in September 2016. In addition to LNG heat exchangers, the Port Manatee facility also builds other specialty cryogenic and gas processing equipment for a wide range of other industrial markets.