USA: Blue Hydrogen Air Products to Build 4.5 Billion Dollar Energy Complex

Editor: Ahlam Rais

Air Products has plans to establish a 4.5-billion-dollar energy complex in Louisiana, USA which is expected to produce over 750 MMSCFD of blue hydrogen. The mega project is the company’s largest-ever investment in the U.S. and will also feature the world’s largest instance of CO2 capture for permanent sequestration.

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards looks on as Air Products CEO Seifi Ghasemi delivers remarks about the company’s newly announced plan to build, own and operate a blue hydrogen clean energy complex in Louisiana.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards looks on as Air Products CEO Seifi Ghasemi delivers remarks about the company’s newly announced plan to build, own and operate a blue hydrogen clean energy complex in Louisiana.
(Source: Air Products)

Pennsylvania/USA – Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Air Products Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer Seifi Ghasemi have recently announced a 4.5-billion-dollar clean energy complex to be built in Louisiana that will make the state a leader in the United States (U.S.) clean energy transition.

Air Products will build, own and operate the mega project, which will produce over 750 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) of blue hydrogen in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. Haldor Topsoe will deliver its Blue Ammonia synthesis technology, proprietary hardware and catalysts to the project. Blue products are produced utilizing hydrocarbons as a feedstock, with the carbon dioxide (CO2) in the production process captured for permanent sequestration. The project will create 170 permanent jobs with a total annual payroll of 15.9 million dollars and more than 2,000 construction jobs over three years. It represents Air Products’ largest-ever investment in the U.S.

A portion of the blue hydrogen will be compressed and supplied to customers by Air Products’ extensive U.S. Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline network. The network is the largest hydrogen pipeline system in the world, stretching more than 700-miles from Galveston Bay in Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana. Today, this vast U.S. Gulf Coast pipeline network can supply customers with more than 1.6 billion cubic feet of hydrogen per day from approximately 25 production facilities, including blue hydrogen from Air Products’ Port Arthur, Texas facility. The Port Arthur facility has captured approximately one million tons of CO2 annually since 2013, with the CO2 transported via pipeline and utilized for enhanced oil recovery operations.

The balance of the blue hydrogen from the new Ascension Parish facility will be used to make blue ammonia that will be transported around the world and converted back to blue hydrogen for transportation and other markets.

Air Products' Louisiana energy complex is expected to be operational in 2026.
Air Products' Louisiana energy complex is expected to be operational in 2026.
(Source: Air Products)

The innovative megaproject will also feature the world’s largest instance of CO2 capture for permanent sequestration and produce only environmentally friendly blue products. The megaproject is expected to be operational in 2026.

“This is a major industrial investment that will create quality manufacturing jobs while limiting environmental impacts, a goal envisioned by my Climate Initiatives Task Force,” Gov. Edwards said. “Carbon capture and sequestration are important to Louisiana’s efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions while maintaining jobs and growing our manufacturing base. This project is a clear demonstration of our ability to grow the Louisiana economy while lowering the carbon footprint of the industry."

The development of this large-scale clean hydrogen project highlights our strategic geographic assets as we position ourselves to become the clean energy capital of the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Kate MacArthur, president and CEO of the Ascension Economic Development Corp

“Air Products is excited to announce this investment in clean energy with the Governor of Louisiana,” Ghasemi said. “This landmark megaproject will not only create jobs but make Louisiana and Ascension Parish leaders in the U.S. clean energy transition. Air Products is fully invested in and committed to projects that leverage our build-own-operate, technology, financial, and sustainability capabilities, and this project brings all of those core strengths together. We are very excited about the model this project represents in the broader energy transition and thank the state of Louisiana for its collaboration on the pore space to safely and permanently sequester the captured CO2. We look forward to building on our long partnership with Louisiana and constructing a facility that will serve as a leading example of clean energy production around the globe.”

Approximately 95 percent of the CO2 generated at the facility will be captured, compressed and transported safely by pipeline to multiple inland sequestration sites located along a pipeline corridor extending up to 35 miles to the east of the new production facility. Over five million metric tons per year (MTPY) of CO2 will be permanently sequestered in geologic pore space secured from the State of Louisiana approximately one mile beneath the surface. Air Products has already received approval from the State Mineral and Energy Board, which is part of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, for the permanent sequestration of the CO2.

Air Products will provide all of the complex’s products ― blue hydrogen and co-products (liquid nitrogen, liquid oxygen and liquid argon) ― to customers in the U.S. and around the world.

“The development of this large-scale clean hydrogen project highlights our strategic geographic assets as we position ourselves to become the clean energy capital of the U.S. Gulf Coast,” said Kate MacArthur, president and CEO of the Ascension Economic Development Corp. “Investments from companies like Air Products are essential to reducing carbon pollution in a major and sustainable way.”

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