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Air Liquide commissions hydrogen storage facility

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Air Liquide has announced that it recently commissioned the largest hydrogen storage facility in the world in Beaumont, Texas, US.

The underground hydrogen storage cavern complements the company’s robust supply capabilities along the Gulf Coast. It offers greater flexibility and reliable hydrogen supply solutions to customers via the company’s Gulf Coast Pipeline System.

The underground storage cavern is 1500 m deep and nearly 70 m in diameter. The facility is capable of holding enough hydrogen to back up a large-scale steam methane reformer (SMR) unit for 30 days.

This new hydrogen cavern follows the commissioning of Air Liquide’s first pure helium storage facility in Germany in July 2016.

Michael Graff, Member of the Air Liquide Group’s Executive Committee and Executive Vice President for the Americas, said: “Air Liquide’s investment in the world’s largest hydrogen storage cavern is supported by the strength of the refining and petrochemicals markets along the US Gulf Coast and the rising demand for hydrogen. This unique facility positions us to deliver even greater value to customers through innovative solutions.”

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