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OCI Signs on to Air Products' New Gulf Coast Connection Hydrogen Pipeline

  OCI Signs on to Air Products' New Gulf Coast Connection Hydrogen Pipeline

PR Newswire

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Nov. 7, 2012

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- When Air Products (NYSE: APD)
dedicated its Gulf Coast Connection Pipeline (GCCP) project just weeks ago,
company representatives talked about the benefits for new customers in need of
reliable and flexible hydrogen supply to connect to the world's largest
hydrogen plant and pipeline supply network. Those statements were
demonstrated today as Air Products announced a new long-term hydrogen supply
agreement with OCI Beaumont LLC in Beaumont, Texas.

Air Products, the leading global hydrogen provider, will supply approximately
25 million standard cubic feet per day of hydrogen, effective immediately, via
the GCCP and Gulf Coast hydrogen system for OCI Beaumont's integrated methanol
and ammonia plant. OCI Beaumont is a subsidiary of OCI Fertilizer
(Netherlands), one of the European market leaders in the production of mineral
fertilizers and the world's largest producer of melamine.

"We had supplied OCI Beaumont with hydrogen since their start up late last
year, but the new extended and increased supply contract opportunity was
solidified with our Gulf Coast pipeline capabilities. Reliability and
flexible supply are of the utmost importance to customers and we believe OCI
Beaumont recognized the strength of our pipeline offering in making its
supplier decision. We are pleased to have expanded this relationship with OCI
Beamont," said Wilbur Mok, Air Products' vice president - North American
Tonnage Gases.

Air Products' Gulf Coast pipeline stretches 600 miles from the Houston Ship
Channel in Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana. In August it began supplying over
1.2 billion cubic feet of hydrogen per day to refinery and petrochemical
customers. Air Products had operated two hydrogen pipeline systems in Texas
and Louisiana before joining them with the new 180-mile segment. The pipeline
span is fed by over 20 Air Products hydrogen production facilities.

The pipeline is monitored by Air Products' new Operations Service Center (OSC)
and Customer Service Center (CSC) in Pasadena, Texas. Working hand-in-hand,
the OSC oversees the daily production at Air Products' plants, and the CSC
works with customers and communicates with the OSC on product supply needs.
The centers support most of Air Products' North America industrial gas
facilities and the new pipeline to meet customer demand and operate its
industrial facilities safely and efficiently.

Globally, Air Products' hydrogen pipeline operational expertise is evidenced
by the 40 year safe operation of its network of systems. Pipelines offer a
safe, robust and reliable supply of hydrogen to the refinery and petrochemical
industry around the world. In addition to the Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline
system, Air Products also has hydrogen pipeline networks operating around the
world in the U.S. in Southern California; in Canada in Sarnia, Ontario, and
Edmonton, Alberta; and in The Netherlands in Rotterdam.

Hydrogen is widely used in petroleum refining processes to remove impurities
found in crude oil such as sulfur, olefins and aromatics to meet the product
fuels specifications. Removing these components allows gasoline and diesel to
burn cleaner and thus makes hydrogen a critical component in the production of
cleaner fuels needed by modern, efficient internal combustion engines.

About Air Products

Air Products (NYSE: APD) provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases;
performance materials; equipment; and technology. For over 70 years, the
company has enabled customers to become more productive, energy efficient and
sustainable. More than 20,000 employees in over 50 countries supply innovative
solutions to the energy, environment and emerging markets. These include
semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, coal gasification, natural gas
liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. In fiscal 2012, Air
Products had sales approaching $10 billion. For more information, visit
www.airproducts.com.

NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the safe
harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
These forward-looking statements are based on management's reasonable
expectations and assumptions as of the date of this release regarding
important risk factors. Actual performance and financial results may differ
materially from projections and estimates expressed in the forward-looking
statements because of many factors not anticipated by management, including
risk factors described in the Company's Form 10K for its fiscal year ended
September 30, 2011.

SOURCE Air Products

Website: http://www.airproducts.com
Contact: Media Inquiries: Art George, +1-610-481-1340,
georgeaf@airproducts.com, or Investor Inquiries: Simon Moore, +1-610-481-7461,
mooresr@airproducts.com, both of Air Products
 
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