By Billy Thinnes
PASADENA, Texas -- These
are active and exciting times for Air Products. The
company recently completed its Gulf Coast Connection Pipeline
(GCCP) project and also started
up operations at a dynamic customer service
The pipeline, the customer service center and an operations
center are all integrated and each play crucial roles in the
companys supply chain management.
This integration and specific details
about each project were discussed at a
dedication event on Thursday at Air Products
facility in Pasadena.
Our Operations Service Center (OSC) and Customer
Service Center (CSC) work hand-in-hand," Wilbur Mok, Air
Products vice president for North American Tonnage Gases,
told the audience at the Pasadena event.
"The OSC oversees the daily production at our plants, and
the CSC works with customers and communicates with the OSC on
product need and when to supply it. The Centers support most of
our North America industrial facilities and also our new 600-mile
Gulf Coast pipeline. The Centers are very important resources
both in meeting customer demand and operating our industrial facilities safely and
formally dedicated its GCCP this week. The pipeline stretches
from the Houston Ship Channel in Texas to New Orleans,
Louisiana. In August it began supplying over 1.2 billion cubic
feet of hydrogen per day to refinery and petrochemical customers. Air
Products had operated two hydrogen pipeline systems in Texas
and Louisiana before joining them with a new 180-mile
The 600-mile pipeline span is fed by over 20 Air Products
hydrogen production facilities.
The benefits of the pipeline for customers are already
evident," said Jeff Byrne, vice president and general
manager for Tonnage Gases at Air Products. "The most recent
hurricane showed we can deliver hydrogen from Texas to meet
customer demand in Louisiana.
"Weve also signed new business for increased product
supply that allows hydrogen in the pipeline to be directed to
multiple customer locations in the both states. The pipeline is
truly a competitive advantage for us, and a source of comfort
in terms of supply reliability and flexibility for our
Air Products had established a new website specifically
tracking the progress on the GCCP project from its inception.
The website detailed several metrics on the project and challenges faced. Some
of this information included:
Designing and developing a feasible route
minimizing impacts to local governments, communities, the environment, and strictly adhering
to Air Products critical safety requirements
Securing 1,085 permanent landowner right-of-ways
and over 300 temporary agreements
Obtaining numerous environmental permits and hundreds
of non-environmental permits
Overcoming numerous construction challenges including
three US Army Corps of Engineers flood protection levees within
the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp, and rivers, streams and highway
crossings, as well as managing the multiple changes to the
design route and securing permit addendums as a result
Completing over 100,000 feet of directional
Conducting more than 25,000 welds
Installing more than 24,000 pipe sections that were
each 40 feet in length.
Before Mr. Mok and Mr.
Byrne offered their remarks State Representative Barbara Legler
(R-Pasedena), read a declaration she introduced on behalf of
Air Products, officially recognizing and honoring the
completion of the pipeline.
Other assorted government officials were also present,
including State Senator Mike Jackson (R-LaPorte).
In addition to the Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline system, Air
Products also has several hydrogen pipeline networks operating
around the world, including in the US in Southern California;
in Canada in Sarnia, Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta; and in The
Netherlands in Rotterdam.
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.
For more information on the project, visit the Air Products
website by clicking here.
Cover photo: The Gulf Coast Connection
Pipeline stretches from the Houston Ship Channel to New
Orleans, Louisiana, supplying over 1.2 billion cubic feet of
hydrogen per day to refiners.
Photo 1: An interior shot of Air
Products new Customer Service Center in Pasadena,
Photo 2: During construction of the pipeline, Air
Products secured 1,085 landowner right-of-ways and over 300
Photo 3: Assembled elected officials and
Air Products executives at the dedication ceremony in