Air Products to build new hydrogen plant to supply Shell refinery in Canada
The Air Products facility will produce over 150 million standard cubic feet/day (MMSCFD) of hydrogen and will be connected to Air Products Canada's existing Heartland hydrogen pipeline system which supplies refiners, upgraders, chemical processors and other industries in the Alberta Industrial Heartland region.
Air Products plans to build, own and operate a new
world-scale hydrogen production plant adjacent to Shell
Canada's Scotford facility located northeast of Edmonton,
Alberta, the companies announced on Wednesday.
The Air Products facility will produce over 150 million
standard cubic feet/day (MMSCFD) of hydrogen and will be
connected to Air Products Canada's existing Heartland hydrogen
pipeline system which supplies refiners, upgraders, chemical
processors and other industries in the Alberta Industrial
The new Air Products Canada hydrogen plant is to be
commissioned in the second half of 2015 pending regulatory
The new Canadian plant will be built under a long term
agreement for Air Products to supply Shell Scotford with
hydrogen and steam. The Scotford contract represents the
first award under a recently-signed enterprise framework
agreement (EFA) between Shell and Air Products. The EFA
provides a template for all future industrial gas contracts
between Shell and Air Products.
"Refineries, upgraders, and other customers in the Heartland
region have increasing demands for hydrogen," said Wilbur
Mok, vice president of the North America tonnage gases business
at Air Products. "This new facility, which is connected to our
established hydrogen pipeline system, will provide a very
reliable source of hydrogen for these industries. We are
pleased to be increasing our relationship with Shell, who we
already supply at Scotford and other locations around the
The Shell Scotford industrial location will gain an added
supply reliability benefit from its
connection to Air Products Canada's 30-mile hydrogen pipeline,
according to company officials. This pipeline is also fed
by two existing hydrogen production plants in Edmonton that
produce over 180 MMSCFD of hydrogen.
"Our customers in the US Gulf Coast have noted the benefit of
being connected to a large hydrogen network pipeline system
when it comes to enhanced supply reliability," said Mok. "We believe
that model will also serve the Heartland customers well."
The new hydrogen facility will be built through the global
hydrogen alliance between Air Products and Technip. The plant
will feature the latest technology advancements to maximize
energy efficiency and emissions reduction, and will include
optimal heat integration, which in turn lowers feedstock consumption during
The plant configuration and deployed technologies support Air
Products' overall sustainability goals of reducing
energy consumption and emissions.