Demand forces Air Liquide to develop hydrogen business


Air Liquide is expanding its hydrogen capacity due to increasing demands. The increasing demand for hydrogen is largely driven by the need for refiners to process heavier crudes and to comply with the new environmental regulations.

A new hydrogen unit in Bayport, Texas has been fully integrated into Air Liquides Texas Gulf Coast Pipeline system. The Bayport steam methane reformer (SMR) has a capacity of 100 million standard cubic feet per day.

There are many components of expansion to Air Liquides hydrogen system on the Gulf Coast.

The industrial gas giant added a newly built purification station in Freeport, Texas, and a 23-mile extension to the pipeline itself has been built between Bayport and Texas City, Texas. Air Liquide has also begun work on another world-scale SMR in California. This unit, scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2008, will supply anticipated hydrogen needs in San Francisco.

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