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Air Products to Design and Build NASA's New $16.8 Million Liquid Nitrogen Plant
Thursday October 4, 4:02 pm ET

2008 Start-up for Project Continuing a Half-Century of Working Together

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Air Products today joined NASA at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new $16.8 million liquid nitrogen plant for NASA's National Transonic Facility (NTF). The new plant, designed and supplied by Air Products, is scheduled for a 2008 start-up. It will be owned by NASA and operated by NASA's on-site support contractor. Air Products won the competitive procurement for a turn-key, fixed price contract, based on a "best value to the government" evaluation completed in September 2006.

NASA's National Transonic Facility contains several high-tech operations, including the largest cryogenic wind tunnel in the world. NTF uses liquid nitrogen to produce a high-quality, high-altitude test environment for aircraft development and refinement. The new dedicated plant will provide NASA with a secure, long-term supply of liquid nitrogen, substantially reducing the cost of research and testing at the facility. NTF performs research and development testing for government and non-government applications, including aerospace and commercial customers.

"We have actively participated in the competitive process since NASA's initial market surveys for product supply. This liquid nitrogen plant groundbreaking represents a significant milestone for everyone. We are expecting a successful project completion, and we are targeting to do so ahead of the required contract completion date. The combined efforts of our dedicated project teams at both Air Products and NASA will make this a safe and successful project," said Steve Meholic, business manager, Air Separation Equipment at Air Products.

Air Products has had a working relationship with NASA for 50 years. Beginning in 1957 with the commissioning of an industrial gas plant in Ohio, Air Products has been supplying NASA with liquid hydrogen and other industrial gases for advancing the U.S. Space Program. In fact, Air Products has supplied all the liquid hydrogen used for every Space Shuttle launch and prior Mercury and Apollo missions. In addition to product supply to the space launches at Kennedy Space Center in Fla., Air Products has also had a long- term relationship with NASA's engine testing program at Stennis Space Center in Miss., as well as Marshall Space Flight Center in Ala., and Johnson Space Center in Tex.

Air Products serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. Air Products has annual revenues of $9 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and over 20,000 employees around the globe.

Source: Air Products

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