ArcelorMittal Selects Air Products PRISM® Technology for Reliable On-site Gas Production

ArcelorMittal Selects Air Products PRISM® Technology for Reliable On-site Gas

PR Newswire

LEGHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Nov. 19, 2013

LEGHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Products (NYSE: APD)
has signed a contract with ArcelorMittal to supply three PRISM^® PHG100
hydrogen gas generators (PHG) and a high-purity PRISM^® GN700 nitrogen
generator for their Saint Chely d'Apcher plant in Southern France.
ArcelorMittal awarded the contract on the strength of Air Products' 50 years
of experience and management expertise in this industry, along with the
modular design and proven reliability of the equipment. The plant is now fully

Air Products, a global leader in the supply and on-site production of
hydrogen, has developed a range of compact and low- to medium-capacity steam
methane reformers (SMR). The Air Products SMR technology converts steam and
lighter hydrocarbons, such as methane, into hydrogen and carbon monoxide
efficiently and economically. Additionally, the PRISM PHGs have a number of
positive benefits. They provide an alternative source of industrial gas supply
to trailers (bulk hydrogen) for supply to customers in remote locations. They
also reduce logistics costs and, as a result, the carbon footprint associated
with regular truck rotations while preventing supply disruption.

As the ArcelorMittal Saint Chely d'Apcher plant is not suited for the storage
of large amounts of gaseous hydrogen, Air Products' on-site modular concept of
three hydrogen generators provides a favourable alternative solution. The
system has been designed to operate at the required capacity even when one of
the generators is offline, hence the remaining modules and backup storage
ensure uninterrupted service. The installation is reliable as well as flexible
because each generator can operate at 50 percent capacity, therefore offering
flow rates from 50 Nm^3/h to 300 Nm^3/h.

In addition to hydrogen, Air Products also supplies the plant's nitrogen
requirements through a PRISM^® cryogenic generator using a unique technology
of distillation to produce high-purity nitrogen. To ensure continuous supply
of the gas, two nitrogen backup storage tanks and four vaporisers have been
installed to support the generator.

Both hydrogen and nitrogen are used in the annealing line of Saint Chely
d'Apcher's plant to produce non-grain-oriented electrical steels which, among
other uses, are used in electric engines and wind turbines. This solution does
not only increase ArcelorMittal's production of high-value steel products, but
also contributes to lower carbon dioxide emissions at the plant. Additionally,
Air Products' robust on-site concept allows significant savings to
ArcelorMittal by improving plant operation and reducing start-up time.

Air Products performs the design, fabrication, installation, technical
support, and telemetry service of the equipment. The entire system is operated
through Air Products' Operating Service Centre (OSC) in France, where
experienced OSC operators monitor critical metrics 24/7 to ensure the plant is
operating smoothly and safely, as well as maintenance requirements are clearly

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. Recognized as one of the world's most innovative companies by
both Thomson Reuters and Forbes magazine, more than 20,000 employees in over
50 countries supply effective 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 2013, Air Products had sales of $10.2 billion. For more
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