Air Products and Huntsman recently held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of what will be Air Products’ new steam methane reformer (SMR) and cold box in Geismar, Louisiana, US.
Air Products will build, own and operate the facility under a long-term agreement and industrial gases including carbon monoxide, hydrogen and steam steam will be produced and supplied to Huntsman’s neighbouring Geismar operations.
The new facility is scheduled to be commercially onstream in early 2020.
“It is always exciting to break ground for a new world-scale facility, and especially to do so at a location where it will primarily serve a long-standing customer. We have supplied Huntsman with industrial gases at other facilities where they have operations and we are pleased to expand our relationship through this new supply supporting Huntsman at Geismar. The Air Products plant will be state-of-the-art in terms of high reliability and sustainability, with enhanced energy efficiency and reduced emissions,” said Corning Painter, Executive Vice President – Industrial Gases at Air Products.
Tony Hankins, President of Huntsman Polyurethanes, added: “The reliability and environmental performance of the new industrial gases plant from Air Products will be an important foundation in supporting the delivery of our North American Polyurethanes strategy. As a business, we are focused on rapidly building our downstream footprint and capabilities. This strategic shift can only be achieved with a strong upstream asset position at our Geismar MDI facility. We look forward to the successful commissioning of the Air Products plant in early 2020.”
The new facility, to be located on land leased from Huntsman, will produce approximately 6.5 million ft3/d of CO, 50 million ft3/d of hydrogen, and up to 50 000 lbs/hr of steam. There is also the ability for the facility to be expanded to increase CO in the future to support additional growth.
Beyond supply to Huntsman’s production facility in Geismar, Air Products’ new plant will also be connected to its Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline and network system (GCP).
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