Air Produts to Expand Texas Plant to Supply Additional Hydrogen to ExxonMobil at Baytown

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November 22, 2004

Air Products (NYSE:APD) announced today that it will expand its Baytown, Texas facility to produce 70 million standard cubic feet per day of hydrogen. A portion of the hydrogen produced will be supplied to the adjacent ExxonMobil Baytown Refinery under a long-term agreement, with the remainder transported through the Air Products West Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline system to other customers.

ExxonMobil will use the hydrogen supplied by Air Products to make cleaner transportation fuels and other petroleum products from heavier, sour crude feedstocks. The hydrogen production facility is expected to be on-stream in late 2005. The Air Products plant will receive feed gas from ExxonMobil's Syngas facility and, in addition to producing hydrogen, will continue to recover other gases for use by the petrochemical industry.

"We are very pleased to announce this major project which will enable us to convert an existing asset at Baytown into hydrogen production and to provide hydrogen to ExxonMobil's refinery," said Scott Sherman, Air Products' vice president and general manager for Energy and Process Industries worldwide. "The project will allow us to continue to grow our West Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline system consistent with the needs of our key refining customers, while also improving the system for the supply of carbon monoxide and syngas to our petrochemical customers."

The hydrogen facility will also be connected to Air Products' West Gulf Coast pipeline system, extending from Texas and the Houston Ship Channel to Lake Charles, La., to provide additional customers with reliable hydrogen delivery. The intended hydrogen supply arrangement is one of over 30 that Air Products has undertaken with refiners worldwide.

Air Products also operates a world-scale air separation plant at the Baytown site to supply oxygen to ExxonMobil, and other gaseous and liquid products to serve local markets.


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