Uhde India and Praxair India begin construction of Indian hydrogen plant


Uhde India Limited (Mumbai) and Praxair India have begun construction on a hydrogen plant at Paradip in Orissa, on India’s eastern coast, scheduled for commissioning in early 2012.

The announcement follows the news that Uhde and Praxair had signed a global hydrogen alliance agreement in December 2009. Just a month before, Praxair India also won a contract to supply nitrogen and hydrogen gases to Indian Oil Corporation’s (IOC) upcoming refinery in Paradip.

Praxair India will operate the hydrogen facility once it is commissioned, and it is understood from a statement on Uhde’s website that construction of the plant is already underway. The hydrogen produced will be supplied to India’s national oil company, the IOC, which is constructing the aforementioned 300,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Paradip.

Phase I of the refinery is likely to be commissioned in November 2012.

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