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Air Products Opens LNG Equipment Test Facility, Expands LNG Manufacturing Plant

Air Products, the world’s leader in LNG technology and equipment, recently held a dual celebration event at its Port Manatee, Florida LNG Manufacturing Facility. Participants took part in the ribbon-cutting for a new LNG equipment test facility (ETF) and a groundbreaking for a facility manufacturing expansion project at the site.

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.

“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,” said Dr. Samir Serhan, executive vice president at Air Products.

“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.”

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.