Praxair, Inc. has expanded its long-term hydrogen (H2) supply agreement with Motiva Enterprises LLC.
Under this new agreement, Praxair will increase the amount of H2 it supplies to Motiva’s approximately 600,000 barrel per day refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.
Motiva completed a hydrocracker and diesel hydrotreater capacity expansion in 2016, and this agreement secures the additional H2 required to support that expansion, as well as the ongoing needs of the refinery.
A press release said, ”H2 is used by refiners to produce ultra-low sulfur diesel and other clean transportation fuels. Demand for these fuels continues to increase as companies comply with stricter environmental regulations and standards.”
Praxair began delivering H2 to the refinery in 1992 as one of the first customers on its gas H2 pipeline system. Since that time, Praxair’s system and capabilities have grown significantly and the refinery itself has undergone several expansions and it is now North America’s largest.
“Praxair is committed to being the preferred H2 provider in the Gulf Coast, and we are pleased to extend and expand our long-term agreement with Motiva,” said Dan Yankowski, Praxair’s President of Global Hydrogen. “Due to our record of safe and reliable supply, over many years we’ve enjoyed a mutually-beneficial commercial relationship with Motiva, and we look forward to continuing to meet the growing needs of their world-scale refinery.”