Air Products to supply hydrogen for North West refinery near Edmonton
Air Products has signed a long-term agreement to supply Canada's North West Redwater Partnership with approximately 25 million standard cubic feet/day (MMSCFD) of hydrogen for North West's Sturgeon refinery near Edmonton, Alberta, the companies said on Friday.
The hydrogen supply to North West will come both from the new world-scale hydrogen production plant that Air Products will build in Scotford, Canada, and from Air Products' existing Heartland hydrogen pipeline.
The hydrogen supply to North West is expected to begin in 2016, soon after commercialization of the new Scotford plant.
Air Products plans to build, own and operate a new hydrogen production plant adjacent to the Shell Scotford refinery and upgrader complex in Scotford, Alberta. The new facility will produce over 150 MMSCFD of hydrogen and will be connected to Air Products Canada's Heartland system, which is also fed by two existing hydrogen production plants in Edmonton.
The two Edmonton plants produce a combined 180 MMSCFD of hydrogen and supply refiners, upgraders, chemical processors and other industries in the Alberta Industrial Heartland region.
"We believe customers around the world recognize the supply reliability benefits of being connected to large hydrogen pipeline network systems, and that North West recognized the benefits of being supplied by our established system in the Heartland region," said Wilbur Mok, vice president of the North America tonnage gases business at Air Products.
"Air Products plans to continue its support of the refinery and upgrading industry in this region, and we believe our new production facility and pipeline system shows that proactive commitment to assist in the production of cleaner burning transportation fuels," he added.
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