Air Prod­ucts com­pletes ac­qui­si­tion of Shell’s coal gasi­fi­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy/pa­tents

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Air Prod­ucts has suc­cess­fully com­pleted the ac­qui­si­tion of the Coal Gasi­fi­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy li­cens­ing busi­ness from Shell Global So­lu­tions In­ter­na­tional B.V., a sub­sidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, and formed a strate­gic al­liance with Shell for residue gasi­fi­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy to re­fin­ery com­plexes. The ac­qui­si­tion in­cludes Shell’s as­so­ci­ated patent port­fo­lios for solids (coal and biomass) gasi­fi­ca­tion and shar­ing of patent rights for residue and biomass gasi­fi­ca­tion.

Gasi­fi­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies of­fer a way to take var­ied lower-value feed­stocks and con­vert them in a lower-emis­sion man­ner into syn­gas. Air Prod­ucts can then pro­vide this syn­gas to cus­tomers to make higher-value prod­ucts. Shell has been at the fore­front of gasi­fi­ca­tion re­search and in­no­va­tion over the past 50 years, with re­ports show­ing 170 Shell gasi­fi­ca­tion process (SGP) and 34 coal gasi­fiers built, and cur­rently, 96 SGP and 24 Shell coal gasi­fi­ca­tion process gasi­fiers in op­er­a­tion world­wide.

Through the new strate­gic al­liance be­tween Air Prod­ucts and Shell in liq­uids (residue) gasi­fi­ca­tion, Air Prod­ucts will of­fer com­plete sale-of-gas residue gasi­fi­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties to the refin­ing in­dus­try and will be a project op­er­at­ing part­ner for the sup­ply of in­dus­trial gases in the strate­gic al­liance. The al­liance will lever­age Shell’s tech­nol­ogy lead in the liq­uids (residue) gasi­fi­ca­tion area, as demon­strated at the world-scale Jazan com­bined gasi­fi­ca­tion/re­fin­ery project un­der con­struc­tion in Jazan Eco­nomic City, Saudi Ara­bia.

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