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Air Liquide supports development of liquid hydrogen plant

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Air Liquide Engineering & Construction has signed an agreement with Doosan Heavy Industries to support the construction of a liquid hydrogen plant in Changwon, South Korea, as an enabler of clean transport development in the country.

As part of the agreement, Air Liquide will provide the engineering and procurement of the Hydrogen Liquefier, bringing its extensive experience in the design, engineering and operation of ultra low temperature liquefaction plants.

The plant will be built within the grounds of Doosan’s site in Changwon and will be able to produce 5 tpd of liquid hydrogen to service hydrogen charging stations nationwide once in operation. The first industrial hydrogen production is envisaged in early 2023.

Hydrogen is one of the solutions to the environmental challenges of clean transportation: reduction of greenhouse gases, of pollution in cities, and of dependency on fossil fuels.

South Korea is amongst the leading countries in the development of hydrogen as a clean energy source. This new liquefier is in line with the government plan to considerably densify the network of hydrogen stations in the country with as much as 310 stations and more than 67 000 hydrogen vehicles across the country by 2022.

David Maloney, Vice President and Chairman of Air Liquide Engineering & Construction, said: "We are proud to partner with Dooosan and contribute to the development of the liquid hydrogen plant in South Korea to support the country’s transition to a low-carbon economy. Drawing on our more than 50 years of experience in hydrogen, we provide our customers with state-of-the-art technologies and solutions that enable delivery of such important projects to contribute to the development of clean mobility and a more sustainable future."

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