Air Products will integrate Haldor Topsoe’s technology at its plants producing ammonia and methanol around the world

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Air Products facility in Texas. (Credit: Air Products and Chemicals, Inc./Kim Christensen.)

Industrial gases supplier Air Products has signed an agreement with Haldor Topsoe, under which the two companies will collaborate and develop large-scale ammonia, methanol and/or dimethyl ether plants across the globe.

With the agreement, Air Products will now have access to Haldor Topsoe’s technology license(s) and the supply of certain engineering design, equipment, high-performance catalysts and technical services for ammonia, methanol and/or dimethyl ether plants. The plants will be built, owned and operated by Air Products.

The collaboration will also allow in integrating Haldor Topsoe’s technology into several of Air Products’ technologies such as gasification of various feedstocks, and synthesis gas processes.

Haldor Topsoe’s technology can maximise chemical production

It is claimed that Haldor Topsoe’s technology can enable businesses in chemicals and refining industries to get the most of their processes and products using the least possible energy and resources.

The company’s solutions can also enhance food production for the growing population of the world while protecting the environment. Half of all the ammonia used to make artificial fertiliser is produced using Topsoe catalysts.

Air Products executive vice president Samir Serhan said: “The global agreement with Haldor Topsoe is very important to Air Products as we continue to expand our scope of supply to customers in developing large-scale projects around the world. We have built a reputation for successfully executing megaprojects.

“Having this Alliance and access to Haldor Topsoe’s technology-leading capabilities will serve to strengthen both our offerings and customer confidence in the reliability and quality of project development and performance.”

Air Products will incorporate Haldor Topsoe’s technology at its coal-to-methanol production facility in Bengalon, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Furthermore, the technology will also be part of the previously announced Gulf Coast Ammonia production plant in Texas, US.

Air Products will supply hydrogen and nitrogen for the ammonia production in part from its steam methane reformer.

Haldor Topsoe deputy CEO and executive vice president Amy Hebert said: “We are extremely satisfied to enter this Alliance. Air Products is an industry leader, and we share their commitment to providing customers around the world with excellent, innovative, and more sustainable solutions.

“This alliance forms the foundation for integrated large-scale projects that will benefit from the close collaboration and combined strengths of our two companies.”