Air Products launches Successfully Its Coal Gasification Project In China

Air Products Lu’an coal gasification project, located in Changzhi City, Shanxi Province, China, has come fully onstream to supply syngas and other industrial gases to Shanxi Lu’an Coal-based Clean Energy Co., Ltd.’s (Lu’an Clean Energy) syngas-to-liquids production. The world-scale gasification project involves four large air separation units (ASUs), four gasifiers and two syngas clean-up systems which have operated at full capacity to support one of China’s landmark clean energy demonstration projects. The gasifiers, which represent the largest pulverized coal gasifiers adopting Shell’s proven gasification technologies, have been delivering outstanding performance in feedstock input, gases output, carbon conversion rate and operational efficiency.

According to Air Products website, it has been actively implementing its gasification strategy over the last two years. In August, the company was awarded a long-term onsite contract to supply syngas to Jiutai New Material Co., Ltd.’s multi-billion dollar mono-ethylene glycol project in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China. Earlier, Air Products signed a contract with Saudi Aramco and ACWA Power to form an over $8 billion gasification/power joint venture located at Jazan Economic City in Saudi Arabia. Earlier this year, the company acquired Shell’s coal gasification technology and patents.