Air Products has signed an agreement with Technip Energies to supply its proprietary liquefied natural gas (LNG) process technology and equipment for an electric motor-driven LNG plant in China.

Last month, Shaanxi LNG Reserves & Logistics awarded the Xi’An LNG Emergency Reserve & Peak Regulation project (Xi’An LNG) in ShaanXi Province, China, to Technip Energies.

The contract includes the front-end engineering and design, process design package and procurement of essential equipment for a 0.8 million tonne per annum LNG train.

Now, Technip Energies, a French engineering company, has contracted Air Products, which will supply AP-SMR LNG process technology for mid-scale LNG production.

US-based Air Products will also provide engineering, design and manufacturing of the coil wound main cryogenic heat exchanger for the liquefaction section of the Xi’An LNG plant.

Additionally, once operational, Air Products will provide technical advising services for the installation, commissioning and performance testing of the plant.

The upcoming liquefaction unit will be the biggest in the world to utilise a single electric motor-driven mixed refrigerant compressor, the company claimed.

This compressor will facilitate the production of low-carbon LNG, which will be supplied to the Chinese market for both residential and industrial applications.

Air Products chief operating officer Samir Serhan said: “Air Products is honoured to be selected for this project and again work with Technip Energies to provide our unrivalled liquefaction process technology and equipment to the dynamic Chinese mid-scale LNG market.

“This project demonstrates how we are helping customers to optimise their facility’s overall performance with safe, sustainable solutions to achieve both production and environmental goals.”