Air Products on Tuesday held a dedication ceremony for what it
says is the worlds largest hydrogen plant and pipeline
supply network, stretching from the Houston Ship Channel to New
The company said it previously operated two hydrogen
pipeline systems in Texas and Louisiana before joining them
with a new 180-mile segment.
The new Gulf Coast Connection Pipeline (GCCP) is now able to
provide hydrogen to customers along the 600-mile pipeline span
from over 20 hydrogen production facilities.
Product supply and reliability are the top priorities
to the refinery and petrochemical industries, said
Jeff Byrne, vice president and general manager for tonnage
This completed pipeline project increases the reliable and
flexible supply of hydrogen, critically important to the sustainability of these industries,
and allows them to continue to expand and thrive.
Byrne spoke to an audience gathered for the dedication event
at an Air Products facility in Plaquemine, Louisiana.
The company announced the pipeline project in 2010 and first placed it
onstream in August to begin supply of over 1.2 billion cubic
feet/day of to Louisiana and Texas customers.
Thus, the pipeline was onstream prior to recent Hurricane
Isaac, and Byrne said customers experienced its benefits
The positive implications of our hydrogen pipeline's
capabilities were already evident to customers impacted by
Isaac, said Byrne.
The ability to move product along the pipeline, and to
be able to source hydrogen for customers in Louisiana from
production facilities hundreds of miles away in
Texas, was outstanding, recognized, and appreciated by our
customers. When a customer notified us that they needed
additional hydrogen, and needed it now, it was there.
Byrne noted that his company has already signed and
announced agreements with customers for new and increased
product supply, allowing for some of the hydrogen allotment to
be directed to multiple customer locations in the two
We are able to offer enhanced supply capability to our
customers because of our vast hydrogen pipeline system," Byrne
In addition to the Gulf Coast system, Air Products has
hydrogen pipeline networks operating around the world. Those
include another in the US in Southern California; in Canada at
Sarnia, Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta; and in The Netherlands
Hydrogen is widely used in refining processes to remove
impurities found in crude oil such as sulfur, olefins and
aromatics to meet product fuels specifications.