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Air Liquide starts up $392m Saudi hydrogen plant

by Yamurai Zendera on Jun 24, 2015


Hydrogen from the Air Liquide plant will be used to reduce the sulphur content of fuel produced at the YASREF refinery.
Hydrogen from the Air Liquide plant will be used to reduce the sulphur content of fuel produced at the YASREF refinery.

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Air Liquide has started production at its €350m ($392m) (SAR1.47bn) hydrogen plant site in Yanbu Industrial City, Saudi Arabia.

The firm will supply hydrogen to the new YASREF refinery, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sinopec. It is hoped that Yanbu will become one of the main industrial areas of the country and a high growth area for refining and petrochemicals.

YASREF is the largest refinery in the region, and will process 400,000 barrels of heavy crude oil per day (bpd). Hydrogen will allow the sulphur content of the fuels produced to be reduced, in order to meet environmental standards for cleaner transportation fuels.

With two global-scale hydrogen production units and one purification unit, the Air Liquide site has a total hydrogen capacity of 340,000 Nm3 per hour. Production is to be ramped up in line with the needs of YASREF during the course of 2015.

With the start-up of these new units, the group’s hydrogen production capacity increases by close to 20%.

Pierre Dufour, senior executive vice president of the Air Liquide Group, said: “This new global-scale project reinforces our strategic presence in the Middle East, where we continue to develop our industrial gas infrastructure. The decision by such a large refinery to outsource its hydrogen production is a first in the Middle East, and representative of a growing trend in the region. Thanks to its technologies and operational know-how, Air Liquide offers its customers high value-added solutions that contribute to their competitiveness in the long run.”

*  €350m - ($392m) -  (SAR1.47bn) at current exchange rates. 



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