Air Products will supply additional hydrogen to be used by
Motiva's 235,000 bpd Convent refinery in Louisiana under a
long-term agreement with Motiva Enterprises, the joint venture
between Shell and Saudi Aramco.
The amount of additional hydrogen to be supplied will come
from Air Products' Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline supply network
serving multiple refinery and petrochemical operations in the
region, the company says.
Similar to a previous August 2011 agreement between the
companies, the new contract allows the direction of some of the
hydrogen product supplied to Motiva's Convent refinery to go to other Motiva
refineries along Air Products' pipeline network in both Texas
Our initial hydrogen supply to Motiva's Convent facility
goes back many years and we are pleased to expand this working
relationship with this additional agreement, said Wilbur
Mok, vice president for North America tonnage gases at Air
This is the second instance with Motiva in which the
flexibility in hydrogen supply options available with our Texas
and Louisiana hydrogen pipeline created added value, he
We believe the connection of our Texas and Louisiana
pipelines into one system will be an asset for the refinery and petrochemical industries along our
Gulf Coast hydrogen franchise.
Air Products currently operates hydrogen pipelines in both
Texas and Louisiana. Work is underway to connect the two
hydrogen systems with a new 180-mile span to make it the
world's largest hydrogen plant and pipeline supply network.
Once complete, Air Products' hydrogen pipeline supply
network will stretch from the Houston Ship Channel in Texas to
The integrated pipeline system will unite over 20 hydrogen
plants and over 600 miles of pipelines, supplying the Louisiana
and Texas refinery and petrochemical industries with over
1.2 billion cubic feet/day of hydrogen, the company says.
The new Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline network is expected to
be operational in 2012.
Hydrogen is widely used in petroleum refining processes to remove
impurities found in crude oil such as sulfur, olefins and
aromatics to meet product fuels specifications.