Green Car Congress  
Go to GCC Discussions forum About GCC Contact  RSS Subscribe Twitter headlines

« Saft awarded $6.5M contract for high-power 270V and 28V Li-ion aviation batteries for F-35 | Main | ITM Power reports its estimated cost of producing hydrogen via electrolysis down significantly from last year »

Print this post

Praxair starts up new Gulf hydrogen plant; largest SMR Praxair has built to date

22 July 2013

Praxair, Inc. announced the start-up of its 135 million standard cubic feet per day (scfd) hydrogen plant serving the Valero refinery Port Arthur, Texas and other customers. The new plant houses the largest steam methane reformer (SMR) Praxair has built to date to supply hydrogen and up to 450,000 pounds per hour of steam to Valero’s new 57,000 barrels-per-day hydrocracker.

Hydrocrackers are used to break down hydrocarbon molecules in heavier crude oil to produce premium transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels, that burn cleaner. The process produces 1.2 barrels of high-value, low-sulfur products for each barrel of high-sulfur feedstock.

The new Port Arthur SMR is connected to Praxair’s existing 750 million scfd Gulf Coast pipeline network. The network includes a unique 2.5 billion scf high-purity hydrogen storage cavern that provides additional supply reliability for Praxair customers along the pipeline. The US Gulf Coast is the largest oil refining and petrochemical producing region in the world.

Praxair operates more than 50 hydrogen production facilities and seven hydrogen pipeline systems globally. Refinery customers worldwide benefit from Praxair’s complete portfolio of large-volume industrial gases, cylinder gases and specialized refinery technologies and services.

July 22, 2013 in Brief | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341c4fbe53ef01910459bbfb970c

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Praxair starts up new Gulf hydrogen plant; largest SMR Praxair has built to date:

Comments

I guess the Hydrocrackers will consume those hydrogen to convert heavy oils to lighter fuels like gasoline, kerosene & diesel.

So lot of natgas is consumed in this process to produce hydrogen.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Green Car Congress © 2013 BioAge Group, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | Home | BioAge Group