Air Liquide Arabia (ALAR) began pumping hydrogen through its Yanbu pipeline network to the Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery (SAMREF) earlier this week, according to reports.
When Air Liquide announced the start-up of its global-scale hydrogen production site in Yanbu Industrial City, on the West coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in 2015 it represented the largest industrial investment (€350m) and largest ‘over-the-fence’ hydrogen contract of the group to date.
Hydrogen allows for the reduction of the sulfur content of the produced fuels at refineries, and to meet the environmental standards for cleaner transportation fuels.
This is significant in the oil and gas-based economies of the Middle East and for Saudi Arabia in particular, with the Kingdom having signalled a shift towards cleaner fuels as part of its Vision 2030 programme.
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