Air Products' newest hydrogen production facility in Port Arthur, Texas is on-stream and supplying Valero Energy Corporation's Port Arthur Refinery and additional customers on its industry-leading Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline system.

The Port Arthur hydrogen facility is part of Air Products' Gulf Coast pipeline network, which extends from the Houston Ship Channel in Texas to Lake Charles and from Baton Rouge to Norco, and east of New Orleans.

This pipeline network provides a very highly reliable hydrogen supply to approximately 50 refinery and process industry customers.

The supply arrangement is one of over 30 that Air Products has undertaken with refiners worldwide, and the Texas hydrogen facility is the 27th to be built under the global alliance between Air Products and Technip.

Technip provides the design and construction expertise for steam reformers while Air Products provides the gas separation technology. The plants are operated and maintained by Air Products under long-term agreements with customers.

Jeffry L. Byrne, Air Products' vice president and general manager for tonnage gases said: $quot;We are very pleased to have commissioned our second facility at Port Arthur and to provide Valero and our Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline customers high-purity hydrogen. It has been a very busy and successful year in terms of bringing new plants on-stream in both the U.S. and Canada.$quot;