Air Products to Build New World-Scale Canada Hydrogen Plant to Support Shell
LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Oct. 16, 2013
LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Air Products (NYSE: APD),
and its subsidiary Air Products Canada Ltd., today announced plans to build,
own and operate a new world-scale hydrogen production plant adjacent to Shell
Canada's Scotford facility located northeast of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The Air Products facility will produce over 150 million standard cubic feet
per day (MMSCFD) of hydrogen and will be connected to Air Products Canada's
existing Heartland Hydrogen Pipeline system which supplies refiners,
upgraders, chemical processors and other industries in the Alberta Industrial
Heartland region. The new Air Products Canada hydrogen plant is to be
commissioned in the second half of 2015 pending regulatory approval.
The new Canadian plant will be built under a long term agreement for Air
Products to supply Shell Scotford with hydrogen and steam. The Scotford
contract represents the first award under a recently signed Enterprise
Framework Agreement (EFA) between Shell and Air Products. The EFA provides a
template for all future industrial gas contracts between Shell and Air
"Refineries, upgraders, and other customers in the Heartland region have
increasing demands for hydrogen. This new facility, which is connected to our
established hydrogen pipeline system, will provide a very reliable source of
hydrogen for these industries. We are pleased to be increasing our
relationship with Shell, who we already supply at Scotford and other locations
around the world," said Wilbur Mok, vice president - North America Tonnage
Gases at Air Products. Mok added that this follows Air Products'
well-established on-site business model of winning profitable projects by
signing long-term agreements with reputable customers.
The Shell Scotford industrial location will gain an added supply reliability
benefit from its connection to Air Products Canada's 30-mile hydrogen
pipeline. This pipeline is also fed by two existing hydrogen production
plants in Edmonton that produce over 180 MMSCFD of hydrogen. "Our customers in
the U.S. Gulf Coast have noted the benefit of being connected to a large
hydrogen network pipeline system when it comes to enhanced supply reliability.
We believe that model will also serve the Heartland customers well," said Mok.
Pipelines offer a safe, robust and reliable supply of hydrogen to the refinery
and petrochemical industry around the world. Globally, Air Products' pipeline
operational expertise is evidenced by its network of systems. Besides this
newly announced pipeline, Air Products also has a hydrogen pipeline in Sarnia,
Ontario, Canada, and operates the world's largest hydrogen pipeline network in
the United States Gulf Coast, as well as pipeline systems in California in the
U.S. and Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The new hydrogen facility will be built through the global hydrogen alliance
between Air Products and Technip, a world leader in project management,
engineering and construction. The plant will feature the latest technology
advancements to maximize energy efficiency and emissions reduction, and will
include optimal heat integration, which in turn lowers feedstock consumption
during production. The plant configuration and deployed technologies support
Air Products' overall sustainability goals of reducing energy consumption and
For 20 years the Air Products and Technip global alliance has provided the
worldwide refining industry with competitive technology and world-class
safety. The alliance is responsible for over 35 hydrogen production plants
located in 11 countries around the world and produces well over two billion
standard cubic feet of hydrogen per day for clean fuels production. Technip
provides the design and construction expertise for steam reformers while Air
Products provides the gas separation technology. Air Products, through its
extensive operating network, and Technip, from its large reference base, also
bring effective operational and engineering knowledge to "design-in" high
reliability and efficiency. The plants are operated and maintained by Air
Products under long-term agreements with customers.
Hydrogen is widely used in petroleum refining processes to remove impurities
found in crude oil such as sulphur, olefins and aromatics to meet 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
Technip is a world leader in project management, engineering and construction
for the energy industry.
From the deepest Subsea oil & gas developments to the largest and most complex
Offshore and Onshore infrastructures, our 38,000 people are constantly
offering the best solutions and most innovative technologies to meet the
world's energy challenges.
Present in 48 countries, Technip has state-of-the-art industrial assets on all
continents and operates a fleet of specialized vessels for pipeline
installation and subsea construction.
Technip shares are listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris exchange and traded in
the USA on the OTCQX marketplace (OTCQX: TKPPY).
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important risk factors. Actual performance and financial results may differ
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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, 2012.
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