Air Products inks pact with ExxonMobil to operate hydrogen plant


Lehigh Valley, PA— Air Products will build, own, and operate an 18-million standard cu ft/day hydrogen facility adjacent to the ExxonMobil Joliet (IL) refinery, under an agreement signed recently between the two companies. The facility, an integrated steam methane reformer and recovery system processing refinery offgas, is expected to be on-stream by May 2006. It will supply hydrogen and steam to ExxonMobil’s Joliet Refinery under a long-term pact.

The hydrogen production facility will help the refinery produce lower-sulfur transportation fuels. The supply arrangement is one of more than 30 undertaken by Air Products with worldwide refiners in the past 15 years. The facility will be built under a global alliance between Air Products and Technip , a Paris (France)-based firm. Technip provides design and construction for hydrogen generation units while Air Products provides gas separation technology.

The Joliet facility will be the 27th built under a global alliance between Air Products and Technip, which is said to give the worldwide refining industry competitive technology and world-class safety with “over-the-fence” hydrogen supply. Other Air Products hydrogen production facilities are currently under construction in Port Arthur and Baytown, TX, and Convent, LA, in the U.S. and Edmonton, AB, and Sarnia, ON, in Canada.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk,
Jeanine Katzel, senior editor,

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