North American firm Air Products, recently signed a long-term agreement with Shell Oil Company for the supply of a significant portion of the hydrogen requirements at Shell’s Deer Park, Texas refinery.

The hydrogen supply will commence in mid-2013, while the Deer Park facility will be connected to Air Products’ Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline supply network that serves multiple refinery and petrochemical companies in the region. 

Wilbur Mok, Vice President, North America Tonnage Gases with the firm remarked,
 “We are pleased to be selected to supply Shell’s hydrogen need at Deer Park. The structure of this agreement is another example of the flexibility and reliability provided by our Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline network.”

He added, “The value created by the versatility of the pipeline network to be able to shift supply, if necessary, to customer facilities throughout the Gulf Coast was recognised and resulted in our winning this business.”

The Deer Park announcement came only a day after the firm had confirmed another long-term hydrogen agreement with Motiva Enterprises LLC. The already commenced supply-line will be used by Motiva’s Convent, Louisiana refinery. Again, the contract will utilise the same Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline network.

Mok described Air Products' existing infrastructure as key to
winning the contract. He said, 
“Having a highly reliable pipeline supply capability already in place was important to this contract. We have supplied Motiva’s Convent facility for years and have demonstrated our ability to reliably supply product to the refinery.$quot;

$quot;The additional flexibility in supply options available to customers when we connect the Texas and Louisiana hydrogen pipelines creates a lot of value. As the market leader we are always working to be responsive to customers’ additional hydrogen demand,$quot; concluded Mok.