Air Products Canada\\$quot;s new hydrogen plant in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada is on-stream and supplying 80 million standard-cubic-feet-per-day (MMSCFD) of hydrogen to two nearby refineries.
The facility is the largest plant outsourcing hydrogen in Canada and the second new Air Products facility to supply hydrogen to Canadian refineries and other customers. In June, Air Products announced the commercialization of a large-scale steam methane reformer hydrogen plant in Strathcona County, near Edmonton, Alberta.
The new Sarnia hydrogen production facility, a natural gas-based steam methane reformer, will help refineries operated by Suncor Energy Products and Shell Canada Products produce ultra low sulphur diesel and other petroleum products. The Air Products facility is located on a part of the Shell refinery land and supplies hydrogen by pipeline to the nearby Suncor refinery.
"Air Products is pleased to move forward in meeting the hydrogen needs of Suncor and Shell in an area of Canada that is a key refining centre," said Stephen Losby, general manager Canada for Air Products.
He continued: "We are established on the ground in Canada with two operating plants now serving four refineries and other customers, and we are positioned to participate in the growth associated with processing more oil sands crude."
Air Products Canada has also commenced engineering to expand production capacity near Edmonton with construction of another hydrogen plant at the Strathcona location. Announced in January 2006, the 105 MMSCFD facility expansion, to be located adjacent to the initial plant at the customer's refinery, will serve several customers in an area known as the Alberta Industrial Heartland. This plant will be the first Air Products facility to provide the sale of hydrogen for use in the processing of Canadian oil sands into gasoline and diesel fuel. It is expected to be on-stream in April 2008.
The new Sarnia hydrogen production facility is also interconnected with Air Products' existing hydrogen liquefaction facility located nearby. "Gaseous hydrogen from our new production facility significantly enhances feed gas availability to our Sarnia liquefaction plant," said Mike McNallen, vice president, North America merchant gases. Liquified hydrogen from the facility is trucked to merchant markets across North America.
The second Canadian hydrogen facility is the 25th to be built under the global alliance between Air Products and Technip.