Linde North America will hold a grand opening celebration today for its new hydrogen plant located in Saraland, Alabama, supplying Shell Chemical LP with hydrogen for its heavy gas oil refinery and further extending its presence in Southern Alabama.

Linde North America, a member of The Linde Group, commissioned the 10 million standard cubic feet per day plant in November 2007, with Shell hydrotreating the gas oil for use as a feedstock in other Shell Chemical production plants.

The hydrogen plant was designed and delivered by Linde Engineering, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma and this division regularly produces complex process plants for a variety of applications including hydrogen, air separation and liquefied natural gas.

Speaking of the collaborative plant project, Pat Murphy, Head of Linde’s North American business, commented, “Linde is pleased to support Shell in its efforts to integrate its refining and chemical businesses to ensure a reliable, high quality feedstock for chemical production.”

“Linde worked with Shell to develop a cost-effective and flexible solution that enables them to meet consumer demand for a range of plastic and plastic-derived products.”

Don Weaver, General Manager of the Shell Chemical Mobile site, added, “Linde has made safety the priority in their business. That focus on safety has been key to the successful construction, commissioning and start-up of the hydrogen plant. It has enabled Linde to provide high purity hydrogen to Shell’s olefins feed hydrotreater in the shortest timeframe possible.”

The hydrogen plant is the fifth Linde has commissioned in as many years to serve oil refiners in North America and the company is also pleased to extend its roots in southern Alabama. It will become Linde’s fourth hydrogen plant in the state, with the closest located in McIntosh and a 700 tpd air separation plant in Birmingham, producing oxygen, nitrogen and argon.