Messer, the largest privately run industrial gases specialist, has signed a 15-year hydrogen (H2) supply contract with RÜTGERS Germany, a subsidiary of Rain Carbon Inc.
The industrial gases company will now invest a total of €9m in a H2 production facility at the site of Rain Carbon Inc. in Castrop Rauxel. The company will use the H2 in the hydrogenation of industrial resins.
Messer will also use the facility to supply other H2 customers in the region.
The facility will produce H2 by means of the steam reforming process, using natural gas as the feedstock. It will have a capacity of 2,700 normal cubic metres per hour. That is the equivalent of approximately 15 tankers per day.
Start-up of the H2 plant – Messer’s first in Germany – is planned for the third quarter 2019.