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News ReleaseAir Products Canada to Build and Operate a New Hydrogen Plant in Edmonton, Alberta to Supply Petro-Canada's Refinery

March 08, 2004 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) announced today that its subsidiary, Air Products Canada Ltd., will construct a 71 million standard-cubic-feet-per-day (MMSCFD) hydrogen production plant to serve the Petro-Canada refinery in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The hydrogen and steam generating facility, which will be owned and operated by Air Products under a long-term agreement, is expected to be on-stream in April 2006.

The hydrogen production facility, a natural gas-based steam methane reformer, will help Petro-Canada's 135,000 barrel-per-day refinery to produce cleaner transportation fuels and other petroleum products from heavier, sour crude feedstocks. The Air Products facility will be located adjacent to the Petro-Canada refinery and will also supply other customers in the area. The supply arrangement is one of over 25 that Air Products has undertaken with refiners worldwide.

"Producing hydrogen to meet the high reliability needs of our customers is an Air Products strength and has led to numerous long-term relationships within the refining industry," said Scott Sherman, Air Products' vice president and general manager for Energy and Process Industries worldwide. "We are pleased to begin working with Petro-Canada on meeting its increasing hydrogen demands. The Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan area is one of three key Canadian refining centers. It is an area that will continue to grow in hydrogen demand as more oil sands crude is processed." Sherman also indicated Air Products plans include a second larger hydrogen production facility to be located in the same region, to be on-stream in 2008, to meet this anticipated growth.

"This is a key step for our continued move to reduce sulphur levels in gasoline and diesel," said Tom Day, general manager of Petro-Canada's Edmonton refinery. "We understand the importance of these initiatives to Canadians. Longer-term, the hydrogen plant will position the refinery for the continued shift to oil sands feedstocks, as announced in our oil sands strategy in December 2003."

The Canadian hydrogen facility is the 23rd to be built under the global alliance between Air Products and Technip. This alliance continues to provide the worldwide refining industry with competitive technology, plus world-class safety with "over the fence" hydrogen supply. Both companies bring a long history of hydrogen experience to their role in the alliance. Technip provides the design and construction expertise for steam reformers while Air Products provides the gas separation technology. Air Products, through its extensive operating network, and Technip, from its large reference base, also bring effective operational and engineering knowledge to "design-in" high reliability and efficiency. The plants are operated and maintained by Air Products under long-term agreements with customers.

About Petro-Canada

Petro-Canada is one of Canada's largest oil and gas companies, operating in both the upstream and the downstream sectors of the industry in Canada and internationally. Its common shares trade on the TSX under the symbol PCA, and on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PCZ. More information can be found at  

About Air Products

Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in technology, energy, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of products, services and solutions, providing atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. With annual revenues of $6.3 billion and operations in over 30 countries, the company's 18,500 employees build lasting relationships with their customers and communities based on understanding, integrity and passion. For more information, visit  

About Technip

With a workforce of about 19,000 persons and annual revenues of about 5 billion euros, Technip ranks among the top five corporations worldwide in the field of oil, gas and petrochemical engineering, construction and services. Headquartered in Paris, the Group is listed in New York and Paris. The Group's main engineering and business centers are located in France, Italy, the United States, Germany, the UK, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, Brazil, Abu-Dhabi, China, India, Malaysia and Australia. Technip is the leading supplier of hydrogen production facilities with more than 180 hydrogen plants and 200 steam methane reformers around the world. The Group has high-quality industrial and construction facilities in France, Brazil, the UK, the USA, Finland and Angola as well as a world-class fleet of offshore construction vessels. More information can be found at  

NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements. Actual results could vary materially, due to changes in current expectations.

Petro-Canada Contact: 
Chris Dawson
Tel: (403) 296-4270

Technip-Coflexip Contact: 
Sylvie Hallemans
Tel: +33 (0) 1 47 78 34 85

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