Linde North America, a member of The Linde Group, has signed a long-term contract to supply hydrogen for Shell Oil Company’s Deer Park facility in Texas, US.

Following the announcement earlier this month that Praxair will supply hydrogen to Shell’s Deer Park facility, Linde has agreed to invest in excess of $50m, to supply the plant with hydrogen through a pipeline network connected to its facilities in the Houston Ship Channel.

Hydrogen from Linde will be used primarily for the production of clean-burning transportation fuels at Deer Park Refining Company, a 50:50 joint venture of Shell and PMI Norteamerica S.A. de C. V,. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex).

Kent Masters, a member of The Linde Group Executive Board said, “Linde has been associated with Shell on multiple international initiatives in the areas of industrial gases and plant supply and the provision of engineering services during the last five years. We are very excited to expand this relationship by the establishment of this additional long-term hydrogen tonnage supply arrangement in the strategic Houston Ship Channel area.”

The supply is expected to commence in mid-2010.