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Air Liquide Announces Projects in Freeport, Texas



  Air Liquide Announces Projects in Freeport, Texas

Business Wire

HOUSTON -- April 8, 2013

Air Liquide’s Large Industries U.S. LP today announced two new projects in
Freeport, Texas for its Gulf Coast Pipeline (GCPL) and Hydrogen/Syngas
businesses.

The first project, which went on-line in March 2013, built upon existing
facilities in Freeport, and has increased the supply of hydrogen purification
and compression capacity to Air Liquide’s hydrogen pipeline system. This
Freeport location was the site of the first hydrogen facility in the U.S. for
Air Liquide and continues to be an integral hub for Air Liquide today.

The second project, anticipated to go on-line in 2014, involves the
construction of a new liquid oxygen storage and vaporization facility at the
Freeport air separation unit (ASU) complex to supply oxygen to the GCPL
pipeline network. This new installation represents an increase of nearly 25
percent over current storage and vaporization capacities on the GCPL.

Said Roger Perreault, President, Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP, “Our
pipeline networks provide value to our customers by optimizing production and
delivery. These projects are a great example of our ability to react quickly
to increasing customer demand. The projects also demonstrate our commitment to
continued growth through targeted investments in our infrastructure.”

Hydrogen gas is used by refiners to produce cleaner burning fuels, among other
industrial uses. Government regulations calling for reductions in fuel
emissions have increased demand for hydrogen. Growth in industrial gas demand
is also anticipated as a result of the cost advantages resulting from
low-priced natural gas.

Photo available upon request.

Air Liquide in the U.S.

Air Liquide companies in the U.S. employ about 5,000 employees in over 200
locations, and offer industrial gases, equipment and related services to
customers in the large industries, industrial merchant, electronics and
healthcare markets.

The Large Industries business line of Air Liquide proposes gas and energy
solutions that improve process efficiency and help achieve greater respect for
the environment, mainly to the refining and natural gas, chemicals, metals and
energy markets. 2012 revenues were € 5 015 million.

Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the
environment, and is present in 80 countries with close to 50,000 employees.
Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of Air
Liquide’s activities since its creation in 1902. Using these molecules, Air
Liquide continuously reinvents its business, anticipating the needs of current
and future markets. The Group innovates for the good of society while
delivering profitable growth and consistent performance.

Innovative technologies that curb polluting emissions, lower industry’s energy
use, recover and reuse natural resources or develop the energies of tomorrow,
such as hydrogen, biofuels or photovoltaic energy… Oxygen for hospitals, home
healthcare, fighting nosocomial infections… Air Liquide combines many products
and technologies to develop valuable applications and services not only for
its customers but also for society.

A partner for the long term, Air Liquide relies on employee commitment,
customer trust and shareholder support to pursue its vision of sustainable,
competitive growth. The diversity of Air Liquide’s teams, businesses, markets
and geographic presence provides a solid and sustainable base for its
development and strengthens its ability to push back its own limits, conquer
new territories and build its future.

Air Liquide explores the best that air can offer to preserve life, staying
true to its Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable development
approach. In 2012, the Group’s revenues amounted to € 15.3 billion of which
82% were generated outside France. Air Liquide is listed on the Paris Euronext
stock exchange (compartment A) and is a member of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones
Euro Stoxx 50 indexes.

Contact:

Air Liquide
U.S. Corporate Communications
Heather Browne, +1 713 624 8594
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