Air Products plans 180-mile pipeline to link US Gulf hydrogen plants

13 October 2010 18:57  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Air Products plans to build a 180-mile pipeline to connect its existing hydrogen systems in Louisiana and Texas, creating the world’s largest integrated hydrogen and pipeline network with over 20 plants, the US industrial gases major said on Wednesday.

With completion of the pipeline connecting its Texas plants with its Louisiana system near Baton Rouge by mid-2012, the company's hydrogen supply network would stretch from the Houston Ship Channel in Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana, it said.

The pipeline extension would unite over 20 hydrogen plants and over 600 miles of pipelines to supply the Louisiana and Texas refinery and petrochemical industries with over 1bn cubic feet/day of hydrogen, it added.

“Connecting our Gulf coast hydrogen plants via this pipeline will offer our customers in this market enhanced supply capabilities and unmatched reliability of hydrogen supply which is critical to their operations," said Steve Jones, senior vice president and general manager for tonnage gases, equipment and energy at Air Products.   

Jones added that Air Products was also evaluating the implementation of an underground storage cavern for hydrogen in the US Gulf coast petrochemicals region.

Air Products did not disclose how much money the pipeline project would cost.

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