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Air Products Qudra breaks ground for new industrial gases hub

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Air Products Qudra, in collaboration with the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, has held a ceremonial ground-breaking to mark the start of work on building a world-class, fully-integrated industrial gases hub in the Jubail Industrial City.

The significant investment by Air Products Qudra involves building, owning and operating a world-scale steam methane reformer (SMR) to produce hydrogen; an air separation unit (ASU) to produce oxygen and nitrogen; hydrogen pressure swing adsorption (PSA) units to recover hydrogen from off-gases; and the installation of comprehensive pipeline networks to connect and transport industrial gases to the broad refinery and chemical customer base in the region.

Seifi Ghasemi, Chairman, President and CEO for Air Products said, “It is an honour to be here today and to witness the start of another world-scale project in the Kingdom. Air Products is leading the way in developing technologies and solutions that make a difference for our world. These are our priorities and where we are focused. In collaboration with the Royal Commission, this investment in Jubail demonstrates that focus and is another example where we can bring Air Products’ full suite of capabilities in support of sustainable energy and chemicals production to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

When fully built out in 2023, the industrial gases hub will reliably serve the continued growth of Jubail Industrial City and enable Jubail to achieve higher values for off-gases and introduce new technologies to convert low-value feedstocks into high-value products.

The SMR hydrogen production plant to be built, owned and operated by Air Products Qudra, will match the largest ever built by Air Products. The SMR, which will serve refineries and petrochemical industries to fulfil the growing demand in the Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia, will feature the latest technology to maximise energy efficiency and reduce emissions, and include optimal heat integration to reduce and lower feedstock consumption. The plant configuration and deployed technologies will also contribute to Air Products’ sustainability goals of reducing energy consumption and emissions.

The Jubail facility will include an ASU and PSAs and the location will serve as the pipeline hub for industrial gases to be supplied to individual customer connections in the region.

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