Air Products has announced a long-term supply contract and plans to construct a new world scale hydrogen production facility, to serve ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge, Louisiana refinery and additional customers in the region.

The facility is expected to be on-stream in March 2010 and will be connected to Air Products’ extensive Louisiana Hydrogen Pipeline Network.
Air Products has the largest hydrogen pipeline network in the US Gulf Coast and the planned facility will become the company’s third world-scale hydrogen facility built in the Mississippi river corridor in four years.

“We are very pleased to expand our global business relationship with ExxonMobil. Air Products takes great pride in its production facilities and hydrogen supply reliability, and this project will enable us to demonstrate the added value of our expanded Louisiana Hydrogen Pipeline Network,” said Alex Masetti, Vice President of North America Tonnage Gases for Air Products.

Thomas Wendahl, Manager of Tonnage Business, East Gulf Coast Area for Air Products, added, “This will become the third world-scale hydrogen facility Air Products has built in the Mississippi river corridor in four years, joining the Convent facility which came on-stream in 2006 and the Garyville facility which will come on-stream in 2009.”

Air Products’ Gulf Coast pipeline network extends from the Houston Ship Channel in Texas to Lake Charles, La, and from Baton Rouge to Norco, La, and east of New Orleans.

The pipeline network provides highly reliable hydrogen supply to approximately 50 refinery and process industry customers, while Air Products’ hydrogen facility at Baton Rouge will be the 30th plant to be built through the global alliance between Air Products and Technip.