Praxair, Inc. has signed a long-term contract to supply hydrogen (H2) to Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s refinery in Garyville, Louisiana. The company will use the H2 to support an ultra-low-sulfer diesel project planned for 2018.

Marathon Petroleum is the third-largest transportation fuels refiner in the US and operates an integrated refining, marketing and transportation system in the Midwest, East, Southeast and Gulf Coast. The H2 will be supplied through Praxair’s extensive Southeast Louisiana pipeline network.

Dan Yankowski, president of Praxair’s global H2 business, said, “Garyville is home to Marathon Petroleum’s largest refinery, the third largest by capacity in the US, and Praxair is proud to be supporting their business in the Gulf Coast.”

“This type of opportunity to further serve our customers in the region is why we expanded our presence in the lower Mississippi River corridor several years ago,” Yankowski added.

Praxair operates over 50 H2 production facilities and six H2 pipeline systems worldwide. Globally, refinery and chemical customers benefit from Praxair’s comprehensive portfolio of large-volume industrial gases, cylinder gases and specialised technologies, services and supply reliability.

gasworld Senior Business Analyst, James Barr, commented, “In 2015, Sales of H2 generated over 20% of all industrial gas sales in South East region of the US. This was almost exclusively delivered to refining clients along the Gulf Coast.”