MAN supplies compressor technology for a major project for the production of synthetic fuels in China

MAN Diesel Turbo has been awarded the contract for a major project to construct eleven turbomachinery trains in China. The contract value is in excess of 125 million Euro.

The site of the project is Yinchuan in the Ningxia region where air separati-on plants are being built under the management of Linde and Hangyang for one of the world’s largest coal liquefaction production plants, a so-called coal-to-liquid plant. This means it will be possible to utilize the rich coal re-sources of the region to produce fuels and other hydrocarbons.

The chemical process used requires huge quantities of oxygen. The turbomachinery ordered will be used in an air separation plant which will generate about 40,000 tons of oxygen from the atmosphere daily. The plant is operated by the Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Co.,Ltd.

“This major contract is confirmation that we have identified today’s de-mands for such mega-plants at an early stage and responded accordingly“, says Dr. René Umlauft, CEO of MAN Diesel Turbo, with delight. “The MAX1 axial compressor used in all eleven machine trains was the most challenging compressor development project in the company’s history and has proved its worth yet again.“

Each machine train consists of three different MAN products: a six-stage MAX1 axial/centrifugal compressor, an also six-stage integrally geared compressor and a condensing steam turbine, acting as the driver for both compressors.

The MAX1 axial compressor is regarded as a technical landmark – the re-sult of several years of intensive development work that was completed in 2011. Together with German partner MTU Aero Engines, Munich, MAN Diesel Turbo has combined for the first time in this configuration the ad-vantages of industrial compressors – robust design and high efficiency – with the advantage of gas turbine compressors and aircraft engines, the exceptionally high power density.



The MAN Group is one of Europe’s leading industrial players in transport-related engineering, with revenue of approximately €15.8 billion in 2012. As a supplier of trucks, buses, diesel engines, turbomachinery, and special gear units, MAN employs approximately 54,300 people worldwide. Its business areas hold leading positions in their respective markets.