Air Products Qudra has broken ground on its world class, fully integrated industrial gases hub in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
In collaboration with the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, Air Products Qudra will build own and operate a world-scale SMR to produce hydrogen; an ASU to produce oxygen and nitrogen; hydrogen pressure swing adsorption (PSA) units to recover hydrogen from off-gases; and the installation of comprehensive pipeline networks to connect and transport industrial gases to the broad refinery and chemical customer base in the region.
When completed in 2023, the industrial gases hub will enable Jubail to achieve higher values for off-gases and introduce new technologies to convert low-value feedstocks into high-value products.
This investment also includes building the second hydrogen fuelling station in Saudi Arabia at the site.
Seifi Ghasemi, Chairman, President and CEO of Air Products, said, “Air Products is leading the way in developing technologies and solutions that make a difference for our world. These are our priorities and where we are focused.”
“In collaboration with the Royal Commission, this investment in Jubail demonstrates that focus and is another example where we can bring Air Products’ full suite of capabilities in support of sustainable energy and chemicals production to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Dr. Samir Serhan, Chairman of Air Products Qudra and Executive Vice-President for Air Products, said, “The investment we are making in Jubail is a continuation of our mission to bring world-class technology, on-site solutions, leading project execution and operational leadership for large-scale energy and environmental projects throughout the Middle East region.”
“This mega project again showcases the core strengths and capabilities we bring to support the creation of a world-leading downstream sector in Saudi Arabia.”
The SMR hydrogen production plant to be built, owned and operated by Air Products Qudra, will match the largest ever built by Air Products.
The SMR, which will serve refineries and petrochemical industries to fulfil the growing demand in the Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia, will feature the latest technology to maximise energy efficiency and reduce emissions, and include optimal heat integration to reduce and lower feedstock consumption.
The plant configuration and deployed technologies will also contribute to Air Products’ sustainability goals of reducing energy consumption and emissions.