Air Products today said its new steam methane reformer (SMR) and cold box in Geismar, Louisiana are onstream and supplying Huntsman’s neighbouring industrial operations.

The American industrial gas giant built, owns and operates the facility under a long-term agreement, supplying carbon monoxide (CO), hydrogen and steam produced from the facility to Huntsman. 

Air Products’ SMR is also connected to its Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline and network system (GCP), which is the world’s largest hydrogen plant and pipeline network system.

“The facility is state-of-the-art and offers high reliability and sustainability, with enhanced energy efficiency and reduced emissions,” said Dr. Samir J. Serhan, Chief Operating Officer at Air Products.

“We have a long-standing relationship with Huntsman, and we are pleased this new world-scale facility and long-term supply agreement expands our support for Huntsman’s operations.”

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Source: Air Products

Tony Hankins, president of Huntsman’s Polyurethanes division, said, “The Huntsman Geismar team delivered a significant and complex element of the project, constructing interconnecting facilities and process controls to flow the products and utilities between the sites.”

“The new plant substantially improves HyCo reliability and strengthens the reliability and environmental performance of our upstream MDI-polyurethanes assets at Geismar, which in turn underpins our drive into downstream markets.”

The new facility is located on land leased from Huntsman and produces approximately 6.5 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) of CO, 50 MMSCFD of hydrogen, and up to 50,000 pounds per hour of steam. The facility is also capable of being expanded to increase CO supply in the future to support additional demand.

With the additional hydrogen production facility, Air Products continues to expand the capacity and capabilities of its GCP.

Air Products’ GCP, dedicated in 2012, is an over 600-mile pipeline span that currently stretches from the Houston Ship Channel in Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana.