July 2012

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Air Liquide starts up SMR in La Porte, TexasAir Liquide recently celebrated the formal startup of a new steam methane reformer (SMR) in La Porte, Texas. The 120 million scfd of gaseous hydrogen (H2) p..

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Air Liquide starts up SMR in La Porte, Texas Air Liquide recently celebrated the formal startup of a new steam methane reformer (SMR) in La Porte, Texas. The 120 million scfd of gaseous hydrogen (H2) produced by the SMR will feed into the company’s pipeline system along the Texas Gulf Coast, including the recently built, 85-mile pipeline expansion to supply refineries in Port Arthur, Texas. The H2 will be used to convert heavy crude oil into clean-burning transportation fuels and petrochemical feedstocks. In addition to the benefits of H2 in manufacturing cleaner gasoline, the gas increasingly is being used with fuel cells for transit buses and forklift trucks for materials handling.

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