Praxair starts up new hydrogen plant at Valero refinery in Louisiana
Praxair’s steam methane reformer (SMR) in St. Charles, Louisiana, will supply hydrogen and up to 450,000 lb/hour of steam to Valero’s new 60,000 bpd hydrocracker. The hydrocracker produces 1.2 bbl of high-value, low-sulfur products for each barrel of high-sulfur feedstock.
Praxair has started up a new 135 million standard cubic
feet/day (scfd) hydrogen plant serving Valeros St.
Charles refinery in Norco, Louisiana, the
company said on Thursday.
The hydrogen will be produced for Valero under a
long-term supply agreement.
Praxair is also scheduled to complete its 50-mile pipeline
extension to the Valero and Motiva refineries in Norco in the
fourth quarter of this year. When complete, Praxair says it
will have 85 miles of pipeline connecting the companys
five steam methane reformers (SMR) between Baton Rouge and New
Orleans to meet growing customer demand in the lower
Mississippi River corridor.
Praxairs St. Charles SMR supplies hydrogen and up to
450,000 lb/hour of steam to Valeros new 60,000 bpd
hydrocracker. The hydrocracker produces 1.2 bbl of
high-value, low-sulfur products for each barrel of high-sulfur
As petrochemical companies continue to
make unprecedented investments in the lower Mississippi River
corridor, Praxair is committed to supporting their growth
through the expansion of our hydrogen supply and
overall syngas capabilities in the region, said Mike
Jordan, vice president of Praxair's US hydrogen