Air Products' ASUs are Gold to PVDC in Dominican Republic

Mon Mar 4, 2013 11:00am EST

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LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa.,  March 4, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Air Products' (NYSE: APD)
air separation unit (ASU) technology is now onstream at what is the largest
pressure oxidation (POX) gold production facility in the world located in Pueblo
Viejo, Dominican Republic.  Air Products worked closely with Hatch Ltd and
Pueblo Viejo Dominicana Corporation (PVDC) on this sale of  equipment  to design
a plant incorporating two Air Products 2,000 tonne per day (TPD) cryogenic
oxygen units in order to satisfy the complex operating requirements of PVDC's
advanced pressure oxidation technology used for gold extraction at the facility.

The combined 4,000 TPD  stand-alone ASUs  make up the largest single-site 
oxygen  requirement for a POX application in the mining industry.  The Pueblo
Viejo site is reportedly one of the world's largest new gold assets and has a
more than 30 year projected mine life with potential gold reserves of over 25
million ounces.  This is the second set of oxygen plants Air Products has
supplied into the  Dominican Republic  for gold extraction in the last few

"This project required a real team approach during all phases to make it
successful.  We requested that the engineering design of the ASUs focus on
energy efficiency with the ability to operate in a challenging location and
environment.  The autoclave plant requires oxygen to operate, so the need to
have a reliable oxygen supply to meet the needs of this plant consistently is
very important," said  Kevin Fraser, director Autoclave Technology at Hatch.

"Air Products was honored to be selected by PVDC for this project. The  mining
industry  is a strategic focus for Air Products. We work to understand the
nature of each project requirement from an end-customer's perspective, in this
case PVDC, as well as from the perspective of engineering firms such as Hatch.
Delivering plants, services, and products that exceed customer expectations is a
value that is widely embraced throughout our company," said  Steve Jones, senior
vice president and general manager, Tonnage Gases, Equipment and Energy at Air

Jones added that Air Products has a full range of products and services to meet
mining customer needs including industrial gases supply, operating and
maintenance services for gases plants, merchant gas supply where available, and
amines for flotation requirements.   

In addition to the equipment sale, Air Products also helped provide training for
the local PVDC operations team through its  Customer Plant Support  after-market
 services  group. PVDC is a joint venture of Barrick Gold Corporation (60%), the
top gold producer in the world, and Goldcorp Inc (40%), one of the world's
fastest growing senior gold producers.  Air Products worked with Barrick and as
a subcontractor to Hatch in the design, building and commissioning of the
facility's equipment.   

Air Products currently owns and operates over 300 air separation plants in over
40 countries worldwide in all types of applications. In addition to its plants,
the company has sold, designed, and built more than 2,000 air separation plants
globally. Air Products' cryogenic offerings span from plants with a capability
of 50 TPD, to single train facilities with oxygen production capacities beyond
4,000 TPD.  

About Air Products

Air Products (NYSE:APD) provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases;
performance materials; equipment; and technology. For over 70 years, the company
has enabled customers to become more productive, energy efficient and
sustainable. More than 20,000 employees in over 50 countries supply innovative
solutions to the energy, environment and emerging markets. These include
semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, coal gasification, natural gas
liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. In fiscal 2012, Air Products
had sales of approaching  $10 billion. For more information, visit

About Hatch

Hatch is an employee-owned, multidisciplinary professional services firm that
delivers a comprehensive array of technical and strategic services, including
consulting, information technology, engineering, process development, and
project and construction management to the Mining, Metallurgical, Energy, and
Infrastructure sectors. Hatch has served clients for more than 80 years and has
project experience in more than 150 countries around the world. With 11,000
people in 65 offices, the firm has more than  $35 billion  in projects currently
under management. For more information on Hatch, visit

NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the safe harbor
provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These
forward-looking statements are based on management's reasonable expectations and
assumptions as of the date of this release regarding important risk factors.
Actual performance and financial results may differ materially from projections
and estimates expressed in the forward-looking statements because of many
factors not anticipated by management, including risk factors described in the
Company's Form 10K for its fiscal year ended  September 30, 2012.

A downloadable photo of Air Products' ASU equipment at the PVDC mining site in
the  Dominican Republic  is available in Air Products' online  News Center.

SOURCE  Air Products

Media, Art George of Air Products, +1-610-481-1340,; or
Tom Reid of Hatch Group, +1-905-403-3733,; or Investors
Inquiries, Simon Moore of Air Products, +1-610-481-7461,

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