Kentucky hydrogen plant construction announced


Airgas has announced plans to build a liquid hydrogen plant in Calvert City, Kentucky, will the company anticipates will come on-stream in summer 2016.

The new facility will have the capacity to produce ten tonnes per day of liquid hydrogen for use in a wide range of customer applications, including electrical power generation; the production of metals, glass, chemicals, and food products; and emerging applications for hydrogen-powered fuel cells.

“We have many hydrogen customers, but our new, state-of-the-art, liquid hydrogen facility in Calvert City will be the first of its kind for Airgas and provide an opportunity for growth,” said Airgas President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael L. Molinini. “The facility will enable us to bring innovative hydrogen solutions to customers in a variety of industries across much of the Southern United States and well into the Midwest.”

The liquid hydrogen plant will neighbour Airgas’ new air separation unit (ASU), announced in May 2014 and expected to be on-stream in the spring of 2016. The ASU will supply tonnage oxygen and nitrogen via pipeline to Westlake Chemical Corporation, as well as produce liquid oxygen, nitrogen, and argon for the region’s merchant bulk gas market.

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