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Air Products Builds Liquid Hydrogen Plant in La Porte, Texas

09/11/2018
Air Products, the leading global hydrogen provider plans to build a new liquid hydrogen plant at its industrial gas facility La Porte, Texas.

The liquid hydrogen plant will produce approximately 30 tons per day, will draw its hydrogen to be liquefied from Air Products' existing Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline system network, and is to be onstream in 2021.

"The investment in this new liquid hydrogen production facility in Texas will assist with meeting current customer demand, as well as capture the increased growth that we see coming from several markets,” said Marie Ffolkes, President, Americas at Air Products.

“Logistically, our La Porte plant has several operational benefits which make the site selection for this new facility a good choice. We are confident with this additional capacity that we will be able to meet the projected growing liquid hydrogen needs coming from the varied industries in the United States for which a reliable source of this product is vitally important to our customers' manufacturing operations," said Ffolkes explained.

Once liquefied at La Porte, the hydrogen will be delivered in trailers to customers in industries including: electronics, chemical and petrochemical, metals, material handling, float glass, edible fats and oils, and utilities. Air Products also has liquid hydrogen production plants operating in New Orleans, Louisiana; Sacramento, California; Sarnia, Ontario, Canada; and Rotterdam in The Netherlands.

The new facility at La Porte will join Air Products' existing hydrogen and syngas production operations, as well as an air separation unit. The liquid hydrogen plant will be connected to, and draw hydrogen from, Air Products' Gulf Coast Pipeline, the world's largest hydrogen plant and pipeline network system. The 600-mile pipeline span stretches from the Houston Ship Channel in Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana, and supplies customers with over 1.4 billion feet of hydrogen per day from 23 hydrogen production facilities.

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