Linde Gas North America and Air Products are on track for 2012 second quarter start-up at the joint venture HCI Texas facility, according to recent reports.
Linde Gas North America LLC and Air Products have announced that they are on track for a second quarter 2012 startup at the high-purity anhydrous hydrogen chloride (HCl) processing and packaging facility. The project is a joint venture being built at The Dow Chemical Company’s Freeport, Texas site.

"We are pleased to be progressing as planned toward commencement of supply from the new Hydrochlor facility," said Wayne Mitchell, Vice President and General Manager of Electronics for Air Products. "Customers in a variety of industries rely on domestic supply of this critical material, and our investment and participation in Hydrochlor will provide the much anticipated long-term solution."

Cliff Caldwell, Vice President and General Manager of Linde Electronics added, "The design of this facility incorporates the experience and engineering strengths of both Linde and Air Products. It will be a true world class, world scale production facility. It incorporates our combined experiences of many years handling Anhydrous HCl to assure safe, reliable, consistently high purity product to our customers."

According to company reports, the project is running to schedule and current estimates indicate that commercial quantities of product will be available in June 2012. In the meantime, the parties continue to separately provide material produced by The Dow Chemical Company from their respective fill facilities to service customer needs.
Hydrochlor, a 50-50 joint venture, will sell HCl exclusively to Air Products and Linde Gas North America, who each will continue to market HCl independently.
HCl is a raw material used by semiconductor manufacturers for cleaning reactors used in the epitaxial process and also in chamber cleaning.