Air Liquide starts its global-scale hydrogen unit in Saudi Arabia

Air Liquide starts its global-scale hydrogen unit in Saudi Arabia

12:59 PM, 24th June 2015
Air Liquide starts its global-scale hydrogen unit in Saudi Arabia
The global-scale hydrogen production site in Yanbu industrial city, on the West coast of Saudi Arabia.

PARIS, FRANCE: Air Liquide SA said it has started its global-scale hydrogen production site in Yanbu industrial city, on the West coast of Saudi Arabia. Announced in 2010, this investment of more than €350 million represents both the largest industrial investment and largest build, own and operate hydrogen contract of the group.

As a long-term agreement, Air Liquide Arabia will supply hydrogen to the new YASREF refinery (Saudi Aramco and Sinopec joint venture) located in Yanbu. YASREF is the largest refinery in the region and will process 400,000 barrels of heavy crude oil per day. Hydrogen will allow the reduction of the sulphur content of the produced fuels and meet the environmental standards for cleaner transportation fuels, Air Liquide said.

With two global-scale hydrogen production units and one purification unit, the Air Liquide site has a total hydrogen capacity of 340,000 Nm³/hour. The production will ramp up, according to the needs of YASREF, during the course of 2015.

The units were designed and built by Air Liquide engineering & construction teams using proprietary technology. The presence of significant industries such as refining or petrochemical in the industrial basin of Yanbu will allow Air Liquide to further develop and optimize the hydrogen supply to its customers in this region. With the start-up of these new units, the group’s hydrogen production capacity increases by close to 20 percent, it said.

“This new global-scale project reinforces our strategic presence in the Middle East, where we continue to develop our industrial gas infrastructure. The decision by such a large refinery to outsource its hydrogen production is a first in the Middle East, and representative of a growing trend in the region,” said Pierre Dufour, senior executive vice-president, Air Liquide group.

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