The Tier One industrial gas company Air Products, and its subsidiary Air Products Canada Ltd., recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially inaugurate its 175,000 nm3/h hydrogen (H2) production facility in Saskatchewan.

The $300m installation, which was originally due to be commissioned in the second half of 2015, is the largest single steam methane reformer (SMR) in Canada. The site represents Air Products’ third SMR in Canada’s refinery corridor.

The facility is linked to the company’s existing H2 pipeline network which supplies refiners, upgraders, chemical processors and other industries in the Alberta Industrial Heartland region. The 30-mile pipeline network also links to the company’s other two H2production facilities near Edmonton in the North American country.

Air Products also operates the world’s largest H2 pipeline network in the US Gulf Coast, as well as having systems in Ontario, California and Rotterdam.

According to gasworld Business Intelligence estimates, Canada’s industrial gas market recorded revenues of $2.3 bn, in 2014. This was actually a decline of 0.4% YoY in revenue from the figures of 2013.

There are currently four Tier One companies with operations in Canada; Air Liquide, Air Products, Praxair and Linde. The market leader, in terms of revenue, for 2014 was Praxair, largely due to the company’s impressive supply infrastructure in Canada. Air Products is currently the fourth largest industrial gas company in the country, with a market share of roughly 13%.

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