Leading global producer of industrial gases Linde plans to invest $83 million to build a new hydrogen plant in McIntosh, Alabama.
The new Washington County facility will reinforce the company’s robust supply network and allow it to meet growing demand from aerospace, electronics, manufacturing and mobility customers, according to company officials.
“The new plant in McIntosh will allow us to capture growth opportunities, while further increasing the reliability of our liquid hydrogen supply,” said Todd Lawson, vice president of the East Region for Linde.
The company said it will utilize a standard plant design for the facility to take advantage of domestically sourced and fabricated equipment to minimize cost and construction risk.
“Linde’s new investment in rural Washington County is significant because it shows that the company is growing and thriving in Alabama,” Governor Kay Ivey said.“I am fully committed to helping rural communities across the state secure growth projects, and I know this project will have a positive economic impact on McIntosh.”
The new Alabama plant is expected to start operations in 2024.
Linde’s industrial gases are used in countless applications, from life-saving oxygen for hospitals to high-purity and specialty gases for electronics manufacturing, hydrogen for clean fuels, and much more.
“Over the past two years, companies from around the world have launched projects involving $2.3 billion in new capital investment in our rural counties,” added Brenda Tuck, Rural Development Manager for the Alabama Department of Commerce. “The secret is out, these rural locations are ripe for growth and offer high-performance companies a number of strategic advantages.”
“Linde, in building the hydrogen plant, helps sustain the long-term viability of other chemical plants in our area,” said Rosalyn Sales, executive director of economic development for Clarke and Washington counties. “A very special thank you to all the hard work and professionalism of our team consisting of; the Alabama Department of Commerce, the Alabama Department of Revenue’s Economic Development Division, Alabama Power and CMC GAS.”