Air Products Canada to Build Hydrogen Plant in Sarnia, Ontario to Supply Suncor and Shell Refineries

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July 26, 2004

Air Products (NYSE:APD) announced today that its subsidiary, Air Products Canada Ltd., will construct a plant to supply hydrogen for the Suncor Energy Products, Inc. and Shell Canada Products refineries located in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Producing in excess of 80 million standard-cubic-feet-per-day (MMSCFD), the hydrogen production plant will be owned and operated by Air Products Canada Ltd. and is expected to be operational in May 2006.

The hydrogen production facility, a natural gas-based steam methane reformer, will help both Suncor's 85,000 barrel-per-day refinery and Shell's 76,000 barrel-per-day refinery to produce low sulphur transportation fuels and other petroleum products. The Air Products facility will be located on a part of the Shell Manufacturing Centre land and supply hydrogen by pipeline to Suncor.

"Sarnia is one of three key Canadian refining centers and Air Products is pleased to move forward in meeting the hydrogen needs of Suncor and Shell. Combined with the recent announcement of our plant in Edmonton, we are now able to serve this second key refining center with high reliability hydrogen supply, " said Scott Sherman, Air Products' vice president and general manager for Energy and Process Industries worldwide. "Canadian refiners have increasing hydrogen demands, which will continue to grow as more oil sands crude is processed. We are very pleased to be able to participate in that growth."

"Building a single hydrogen plant that serves multiple customers creates economic and environmental benefits for our companies. In an increasingly competitive environment, this deal represents an innovative and efficient approach to how we do our business," said Marc Mageau, general manager at Shell's Sarnia Manufacturing Centre.

Air Products, in March 2004, announced plans for a 71 MMSCFD hydrogen production plant to be built in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to be on-stream in April 2006, as well as plans for a second larger hydrogen production facility to be located in the same region and on-stream in 2008 to meet anticipated growth.

The intended Sarnia supply arrangement is one of over 30 that Air Products has undertaken with refiners worldwide, and the Canadian hydrogen facility is the 25th to be built under the global alliance between Air Products and Technip. This alliance continues to provide the worldwide refining industry with competitive technology, plus world-class safety with "over the fence" hydrogen supply. 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.

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