Air Liquide signs hydrogen supply deal with Saudi Aramco

13 September 2010 17:33  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--French industrial gasses producer Air Liquide on Monday signed a long-term hydrogen supply agreement with Saudi Aramco for the oil giant's new grassroots refinery at Yanbu Industrial City, Saudi Arabia.

Under the terms of the supply agreement, Air Liquide Arabia would invest $450m (€355m) in two hydrogen production units with total production capacity of 262m standard cubic feet/day.

The project, which was forecast to be commissioned in 2014, would be Air Liquide’s largest single industrial investment, the group said.

“The outsourcing of the hydrogen needs of such a big refinery is a first in the Middle East and representative of a long-term trend in this zone,” said Pierre Dufour, senior executive vice-president of the Air Liquide Group supervising the Middle East zone.

“This project also reinforces our strategic and growing presence in the Middle East, where we continue to develop our industrial gas infrastructure in support of the evolving energy sector, a growth driver for Air Liquide,” he added.

The new complex would be designed and built by Lurgi, a division of Air Liquide Engineering, the group added.

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