Air Products announced it has signed an agreement to acquire General Electric Company's (GE) gasification business.
This transaction will allow Air Products to expand its synthesis gas (syngas) solutions product offerings and its presence in build, own and operate gasification projects around the world.Financial terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.
The acquisition is expected to close following the receipt of any necessary regulatory approvals and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
“Acquiring GE’s gasification technology and business would complement our other recently completed gasification technology acquisition and alliance formation. Together, they would give Air Products a broad range of product and service offerings and solutions to provide syngas for chemicals, fuels, power, or refining,” said Seifi Ghasemi, chairman, president and chief executive officer at Air Products.
“Together, the transactions would allow us to further extend our onsite industrial gas production model to include syngas supply, and enable cross-selling opportunities for our other technologies and product offerings,” added Ghasemi.
As part of Air Products’ overall syngas solutions offering, these cross-selling opportunities could include air separation units, pressure swing absorbers, carbon monoxide cold box equipment, as well as generate other business opportunities in plant support and cryomachinery.
The gasification business being acquired by Air Products includes GE’s share of its 50/50 joint venture (JV) with China Shenhua Coal to Liquid and Chemical Company, a subsidiary of China Energy Group.
The JV, formed in 2011, provides technologies for gasification projects in China. The acquisition also includes over 1,000 patents relating to GE’s gasification technology, which has been deployed at over 90 sites, with over 240 gasifiers, and represents over 36,000 MWth (thermal megawatts) of syngas production.
The GE gasification technology has an extensive track record of processing solid, liquid, gaseous, and blended feedstocks. Air Products looks forward to continuing to support existing and future gasification licensees. 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.
“The addition of GE’s technology, deep customer and application knowledge, and talented and dedicated employees to Air Products’ gasification portfolio will enhance our ability to provide complete onsite solutions for the entire gasification facility.We look forward to having the employees of the GE gasification business join the Air Products team as we focus on creating value for our customers in this dynamic market,” observed Ghasemi.
The acquisition includes approximately 50 total employees and JV employees.
In the company’s sale-of-gas business model, Air Products finances, builds, owns, operates and maintains the gas production plant, so its customers can focus their attention and capital on their primary business.
Ghasemi cited examples of the larger-scale, multi-billion-dollar gasification projects that are enabled and supported by the company’s gasification technology acquisitions. The large projects include, for example, the Lu’n, Juitai and Yankuang Group projects in China, as well as the Jazan project in Saudi Arabia.
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