Global Processing

Air Products brings two hydrogen plants on stream

February 6, 2006

Air Products & Chemicals Inc. recently said that two plants on the Gulf Coast are now operational — part of six facilities the company is bringing on stream over a 10-month period. The six new facilities will increase Air Products'' hydrogen production capacity by 35 percent, and annual hydrogen and related syngas sales of about $1.3 billion by more than $400 million, the Associated Press reports. According to the company, the hydrogen is used by refiners to make cleaner transportation fuels and other petroleum products from heavier, sour crude feedstocks. One facility in Convent, La. is designed to produce 110 million standard-cubic-feet-per-day, or MMSCFD, of hydrogen from a steam methane reformer. The second, an expanded facility in Baytown, Texas, is designed to produce 70 MMSCFD of hydrogen and is connected to the Air Products West Gulf Coast pipeline system. Both facilities operate under long-term contracts.