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Air Products to Supply Hydrogen to ExxonMobil in Louisiana

Air Products has entered a long-term supply contract and plans to construct a major new SMR (steam methane reforming) hydrogen production facility, which will be connected to Air Products’ Louisiana Hydrogen Pipeline Network, to serve ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge, Louisiana refinery and additional customers in the region. The facility is expected to be on-stream in March 2010.

Air Products’ most recent collaboration with ExxonMobil included hydrogen production facilities brought on-stream in 2006 in Baytown, Texas and Joliet, Illinois. The new hydrogen plant will be the third Air Products has built in the Mississippi river corridor in four years, joining the Convent facility which came on-stream in 2006 and the Garyville facility which will come on-stream in 2009. Supplying global refiners with hydrogen to make cleaner burning transportation fuels is one of the top growth businesses for Air Products.

This newest expansion of our infrastructure in Louisiana continues to build upon our multi-source hydrogen network with over 650 MMSCFD of capacity.

— Thomas Wendahl, manager - Tonnage Business, East Gulf Coast Area for Air Products

Air Products has the largest hydrogen pipeline network in the US Gulf Coast, extending from the Houston Ship Channel in Texas to Lake Charles, La., and from Baton Rouge to Norco, La., and east of New Orleans. This pipeline network supplies hydrogen to approximately 50 refinery and process industry customers.

Air Products’ hydrogen facility at Baton Rouge will be the 30th plant to be built through the global alliance between Air Products and Technip. This alliance continues to provide the worldwide refining industry with competitive technology and world-class safety. Technip provides the design and construction expertise for steam reformers while Air Products provides the gas separation technology.


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