23 October 2012 22:38 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Air Products has opened the world’s largest hydrogen plant and pipeline system, stretching from the Houston Ship Channel in Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana, the US-based industrial gases producer said on Tuesday.
The Gulf Coast Connection Pipeline (GCCP) connected Air Products's pipeline systems in the two states with a new 180-mile (290 km) segment, providing hydrogen from over 20 plants along the 600-mile span.
The pipeline project was announced in 2010 and went on stream in August 2012 to begin supplying over 1.2bn cubic feet (bcf/day).
Hydrogen is used to remove impurities in crude oil, allowing gasoline and diesel to burn cleaner and more efficiently, the company said.
The completed pipeline increases hydrogen supply and reliability, which is critical to the refinery and petrochemical industries, said Jeff Byrne, vice president and general manager of Air Product’s Tonnage Gases.
Byrne cited the pipeline’s ability to continue serving customers during Hurricane Isaac, a Category 1 storm that hit the northern Gulf coast in late August.
The company hosted a dedication ceremony in Plaquemine, Louisiana on Tuesday. The ceremony in Pasadena, Texas will take place on Thursday.
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