Linde North America has started to supply Shell Oil Company with hydrogen via a new 14 mile pipeline.
Linde’s $50 million pipeline network connects Linde’s Clear Lake facility to Shell Oil’s Deer Park complex in LaPorte, Texas. The Deer Park Refinery is a 50:50 joint venture between Shell and PMI Norteamerica S.A. de C.V., a subsidiary of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex).
Linde North America belongs to The Linde Group which constitutes one of the world’s largest hydrogen producers and suppliers. Pat Murphy, President of Linde North America, commented, “Linde has had a long relationship with Shell involving supply of industrial gases and on-site plants.” He continued, “This project was a difficult venture, given the competitive environment and no existing pipeline infrastructure. We are very pleased to provide a reliable supply of hydrogen in this unique fashion, via the 14 miles pipeline.”
Linde is a key supplier of hydrogen utilities to the North American refining industry, while also constituting a significant provider of syngas products, including hydrogen, for industries in the Houston Ship Channel. Shell Oil plans to use hydrogen produced at the Deer Park facility in the production of ultra-low sulphur diesel, in order to meet new cleaner fuel standards.