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Air Liquide invests in H2 unit to serve Rotterdam/Antwerp

By Gerald Ondrey |

In Rotterdam, Air Liquide (Paris, France; www.airliquide.com) has just won a long-term contract to supply hydrogen to Neste Oil’s Renewable Diesel plant. To meet the industrial gas requirements of Neste Oil, Air Liquide is investing in a new world-scale hydrogen production unit (steam methane reformer;SMR) with a production capacity of 130,000 m3/h. This represents an increase of more than 30% of its existing H2 production capacity in the basin. This unit is due to start up in 2011. Group investment amounts €160 million. This new SMR unit will be designed and built by Lurgi teams who joined the Group in 2007. This project is the result of the new synergies developed within the Engineering and Construction division of the Group. As well as the supply to the new Neste Oil plant in Rotterdam, the unit will be connected to Air Liquide’s Northern European hydrogen network which currently includes eight hydrogen units in operation and more than 900 km of pipeline, thus providing very high reliability to its customers. This unit will allow the Group to meet the increasing needs of the customers of the basin. Air Liquide has increased its worldwide production capacity of hydrogen by more than 50% over the past three years.…
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