Processing Magazine

Air Products Canada to build and operate a second hydrogen plant in Edmonton

January 23, 2006

PRNewswire reports that Air Products Canada Ltd., will construct a 105 million standard-cubic-feet-per-day hydrogen production plant to serve several customers in the Alberta Heartlands industrial corridor and the Petro-Canada refinery in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This industrial gas facility will be the first in Canada to provide a sale of hydrogen for use in the upgrading of Canadian oil sands. The hydrogen and steam generating facility, to be owned and operated by Air Products under a long-term agreement, is expected on-stream in April 2008. Oil sands are composed of bitumen, sand, water, and clay, and must be physically separated by a flotation process prior to further processing. The separated bitumen is processed into sour synthetic crude oil. With the addition of hydrogen, the sour synthetic crude oil is then further refined into value-added products like gasoline and diesel fuel. This is the second facility to be constructed by Air Products to supply hydrogen to Petro-Canada''s 135,000 barrel-per-day Edmonton refinery, as well as several additional customers in the Edmonton area. A 71 MMSCFD facility is currently under construction and is expected to be on-stream in April 2006. The two interconnected hydrogen facilities will be adjacent to Petro-Canada''s refinery and will help to produce cleaner transportation fuels and other petroleum products, eventually from 100 percent Canadian oil sands feedstock. The hydrogen supply arrangement is one of over 30 the company has undertaken with worldwide refiners in the past 15 years.