Air Products acquires Shell technology and patents

Industrial gases giant Air Products announced an agreement to acquire Royal Dutch Shell plc’s Coal Gasification Technology business as well as Shell’s patent portfolio for Liquids (Residue) Gasification.

Financial terms are not being disclosed, and the acquisition is expected to close in the coming months.

“The acquisition of Shell’s technology, already in operation at more than 20 coal gasification plants, gives us access and opportunities to fully explore outsourcing options to produce and supply syngas for customers planning to use gasification,” said Air Products CEO Seifi Ghasemi.

The two companies have also formed a strategic alliance in Liquids Gasification to provide a range of solutions to the market, including engineering, procurement and construction activities and plant operations, as well as technology licensing.