Air Products announced that parts of its New Orleans, Louisiana industrial gas complex, which sustained extensive damage from Hurricane Katrina, should begin operations within the coming months, with substantial operations anticipated by the end of the year.

The New Orleans facility has reported that most of the water has been pumped out and road access has been restored. With more work crews now able to access the site, assessments are being completed and initial repair work has begun.

The pace of work will depend on restoring electrical power and natural gas, receiving timely repair supplies and still other unknown factors.

The company also announced that it has secured alternate feedgas sources and has re-established partial operations at its Sarnia, Ontario, Canada production facility. Originally shut down due to a planned suspension of a supplier's feedgas, the plant resumed partial operations this past weekend and is producing some quantities of liquid hydrogen.