Process and speciality gases provider Air Products is planning to construct a second liquefied natural gas (LNG) manufacturing facility in Manatee County, Florida, US.
The proposed plant is expected to help Air Products expand its LNG heat exchanger manufacturing capacity and meet the ever increasing equipment demand for LNG technology.
Jim Solomon, Air Products LNG director, said the number of potential LNG projects in the pipeline is at an all-time high due to the strong demand for cleaner fuels in growing economies worldwide.
"The new facility will be built at a deepwater port location with the flexibility to produce our LNG offerings without any physical shipping restrictions," Solomon added.
The proposed 300,000 square feet LNG manufacturing plant will require nearly 250 employees to assist in construction spread over a four year period and is expected to start functioning in late 2013.
Sandy McLauchlin, Air Products LNG engineering and manufacturing general manager, said Air Product technology reputation was built on the work conducted and LNG heat exchangers manufactured at Wilkes-Barre.
''Due to the various constraints in the shipping process for the even larger heat exchangers that are required to satisfy the capacities forecasted to be required by customers, we needed to remove these constraints to remain globally competitive in this technology, in which we are the leader,'' McLauchlin added.
For the past 45 years, Air Products has been manufacturing LNG heat exchangers at its present facility in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, US.
Florida Governor Rick Scott said: "Air Products' investment in Florida demonstrates our success in recruiting job-producing companies that strengthen our economy as well as our business climate."
Air Products designed, manufactured and exported 100 coil wound heat exchangers for LNG projects around the globe during the last four decades and also provided process technology and key equipment for the LNG industry.