Air Products' ASUs are Gold to PVDC in Dominican Republic

          Air Products' ASUs are Gold to PVDC in Dominican Republic

PR Newswire

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., March 4, 2013

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 Products.

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

Contact: 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,
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