Air Products owns and operates the hydrogen and steam generating facility, the largest outsourced hydrogen production plant in Canada, and serves its customers under long-term agreements.

Alex Masetti, Vice President of Tonnage Gases North America for Air Products, “We are pleased to expand our relationship with Petro-Canada in this important oil sands region. We will continue to invest to serve the growing industrial gas needs of up-graders, refiners and other industrial customers in Canada.”

The newly commercialized facility is the second to be constructed by Air Products to supply hydrogen to Petro-Canada’s refinery, as well as several additional customers in the Edmonton area. An earlier facility was successfully placed on-stream in June 2006.

The two inter-connected hydrogen facilities are part of Petro-Canada's Refinery Conversion Project that will allow the Edmonton Refinery to run entirely on oil sands feedstock. The project is scheduled for completion in 2008 and will process bitumen from the company’s oil sands holdings, along with other oil sands feedstock, into 135,000 barrels per day of refined products.

“The Alberta Industrial Heartland is an area that will continue to grow in hydrogen demand as more oil sands crude is processed. Refiners need a dependable supply of hydrogen to maximize production of fuels, and Air Products is recognized in this industry for the reliable and safe production of hydrogen,” said Steve Losby, General Manager - Canada for Air Products.

The new hydrogen facility was built under the global alliance between Air Products and Technip, continuing to provide the worldwide refining industry with competitive technology and world-class safety, through ‘over the fence’ hydrogen supply. Technip provides the design and construction for hydrogen generation units while Air Products provides the gas separation technology.