The two industrial giants Air Products and Haldor Topsoe have signed a global Alliance Agreement. The companies plan to collaborate in the development of potential projects and the combination of their expertise on large-scale ammonia, methanol and/or dimethyl ether plants to be developed and built globally.
Air Products has acquired five steam methane reformer hydrogen production plants in the US from PBF Energy. The acquired units offer a combined production capacity of almost 300 million standard cubic feet per day.
Under the terms of the agreement, Air Products will acquire five hydrogen steam methane reformer production plants from PBF Energy and also provide long-term hydrogen supply to the energy firm. The plants are located in California and Delaware and have a combined production capacity of nearly 300 million standard cubic feet per day of hydrogen.
Located in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, the new industrial gas hub will comprise a steam methane reformer, an air separation unit, hydrogen pressure swing adsorption units, and the installation of comprehensive pipeline networks.
Air Products has entered into an agreement with Gulf Coast Ammonia (GCA) under which the US firm will build, own and operate a steam methane reformer to produce hydrogen, an air separation unit to supply nitrogen; and will own and operate a steam turbine generator to supply power to GCA’s new ammonia production facility.
The acquisition supports Air Products’ long-term and strategic focus on gasification. Under the terms of the agreement, the firm has also acquired GE’s share in its 50:50 JV with China Shenhua Coal to Liquid and Chemical Company, a subsidiary of China Energy Group.
The company will be supplying its proprietary LNG technology, equipment, and related process license to Golden Pass Products for the Golden Pass LNG Export Project. The firm’s LNG technology is expected to be integral in producing around 16 million tonnes per year of liquefied natural gas.
Once complete, the deal will enable Air Products to increase its gasification business footprint across the globe. The company is also expected to develop its synthesis gas solutions via GE’s gasification technology.
The deal has been carried out through both the companies’ joint venture firm – Helios. Under the agreement, Sonatrach will recover helium from two existing LNG facilities and supply it to Helios’ existing liquid helium plant. Two new air separation plants will also be constructed via this deal.