Hydrogen Production Facility Expands

[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Air Products will expand its Baytown, Texas facility to produce 70 million standard cubic feet per day of hydrogen. A portion of the hydrogen produced will be supplied to the adjacent ExxonMobil Baytown Refinery under a long-term agreement, with the remainder transported through the Air Products’ West Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline system to other customers. ExxonMobil will use the hydrogen supplied by Air Products to make cleaner transportation fuels and other petroleum products from heavier, sour crude feedstocks. The hydrogen production facility is expected to be on-stream in late 2005. The Air Products plant will receive feed gas from ExxonMobil’s Syngas facility and, in addition to producing hydrogen, will continue to recover other gases for use by the petrochemical industry. The hydrogen facility will also be connected to Air Products’ West Gulf Coast pipeline system, extending from Texas and the Houston Ship Channel to Lake Charles, La., to provide additional customers with reliable hydrogen delivery. The intended hydrogen supply arrangement is one of over 30 that Air Products has undertaken with refiners worldwide.
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