Tier One corporation Air Products and its subsidiary Air Products Canada Ltd., has 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 H2 production facilities near Edmonton in the North American country.

Marie Ffolkes, President – Industrial Gases, Americas, reinforced, “This plant and its connection to our pipeline network are key to meeting the growing H2 demands of our customers located in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, which is a very important region to Air Products from a business growth standpoint.”

“We are the leading global H2 provider, the number one provider of H2 in the region, and are excited to be expanding upon that position.”

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.

Air products saskatchewan hydrogen facility canada birdseye view

Source: Image courtesy of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Air Products’ world-scale hydrogen production facility near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is connected to the company’s existing hydrogen pipeline network, which supplies refiners, upgraders, chemical processors and other industries in the Alberta Industrial Heartland region.