Air Products announced today it will invest $350-$400 million to build, own and operate a world-scale steam methane reformer (SMR) in Baytown, Texas.

The SMR will produce hydrogen and carbon monoxide (CO) to be supplied to customers from Air Products’ Gulf Coast Hydrogen and CO Pipeline Networks. Both product capacities from the new facility are already sold-out ahead of the anticipated plant onstream in 2018.

“This plant demonstrates to our customers our dedication to providing them with excellent customer service. This SMR strengthens our market-leading position and also Air Products’ ability to serve the many customers on our pipeline networks with a new, efficient and reliable source of hydrogen and carbon monoxide, which will be owned and operated by Air Products,” said Marie Ffolkes, President, Industrial Gases, Americas at Air Products.

The SMR and cold box will produce approximately 125 million standard cubic feet per day of hydrogen and a world-scale supply of carbon monoxide.

Connecting to the GCP

The new SMR will be built through the global hydrogen alliance between Air Products and Technip, a world leader in project management, engineering and construction. The plant will feature the latest technology to maximize energy efficiency and reduce emissions, and will include optimal heat integration, which in turn lowers feedstock consumption. The plant configuration and deployed technologies support Air Products’ overall sustainability goals of reducing energy consumption and emissions.

Ffolkes added that the ability for the new plant to connect to the Gulf Coast Pipeline (GCP), the world’s largest hydrogen plant and pipeline network system, is always a value-added plus for hydrogen customers in terms of ensuring product reliability. Air Products officially dedicated its GCP in 2012. The 600-mile pipeline span stretches from the Houston Ship Channel in Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana, and supplies customers with over 1.4 billion feet of hydrogen per day from over 21 hydrogen production facilities.