Praxair is building a new steam methane reformer to increase
the supply of hydrogen for its liquid hydrogen plant in
Niagara Falls, New York, the company announced on Monday.
This investment will not only retain 78 jobs, but also serve
growing customer needs for hydrogen in the Northeast and
Midwest regions of the US and southeastern Canada.
Empire State Development, the states economic
development agency, will provide a $1 million capital grant
to assist the company with its facility and equipment
Praxair is making this investment in response to
growing customer requirements and the development of new
applications, said Jeff Barnhard, vice president of
Praxairs industrial gases business in the US East
region. Additionally, this investment further
diversifies our sources of hydrogen and results in
Praxair helps companies improve their environment
al performance by
developing and embracing the technologies needed to make
plants operate more cleanly and efficiently, added
Empire State Development CEO Kenneth Adams. We are
proud to support Praxair as it expands its business and
creates and retains jobs in New York State."
Liquid hydrogen is delivered by customized trucks to
customers in a wide range of industries, including the
manufacturing of metals, lubricants, glass, liquid fuels,
, chemicals and food
When complete in 2015, Praxairs Niagara Falls liquid
hydrogen production capacity will increase by 50%.