Grassroots Hydrogen Plant New Hydrogen and Carbon Monoxide Project in Texas Underway

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Gas specialist Air Products plans a new grassroots hydrogen plant in Baytown, Texas, which shall produce up to 3.5 million cubic meters per day of both hydrogen and carbon monoxide (CO).

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Technip engineers will work on the engineering, construction and technoogy of Air Products' new hydrogen plant in Texas.
Technip engineers will work on the engineering, construction and technoogy of Air Products' new hydrogen plant in Texas.
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Houston, Texas/USA – The American has selected Technip to provide technology, engineering and procurement services for the new 3.5 million cubic meters plant which will supply customers via Air Products’ Gulf Coast Pipeline Networks. The facility will be built through the global hydrogen alliance between Air Products and Technip.

It will feature Technip’s proprietary steam methane reforming (SMR) technology to produce high purity hydrogen, carbon monoxide and export steam. Technip’s operating center in Claremont, California, USA, will execute the project, which is scheduled for completion in 2018.

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  • Hydrogen: Hydrogen is widely used in petroleum refining processes to remove impurities found in crude oil such as sulfur, olefins and aromatics to meet the product fuels specifications. Removing these components allows gasoline and diesel to burn cleaner and thus makes hydrogen a critical component in the production of cleaner fuels needed by modern, efficient internal combustion engines.
  • Reformer: A reformer (also called steam reformer or steam methane reformer) is a widely used industrial processing device in which a fossil fuel reacts with steam at high temperatures in the presence of a catalyst to produce hydrogen.

Stan Knez, President, Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology, commented: "We are proud that our SMR technology is helping customers meet the world’s growing energy needs in a reliable, efficient and sustainable manner. We look forward to executing this new project under our global alliance with Air Products. This is the longest and most productive global hydrogen alliance supporting the oil and gas industry around the world.”

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