June 02, 2008 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Air Products (NYSE: APD), the leading global hydrogen provider, today announced the signing of an agreement for long-term hydrogen supply with Total Petrochemicals USA, Inc. to support Total’s new deep conversion expansion project at its Port Arthur, Texas refinery. Air Products will supply Total with over 60 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) of hydrogen from its extensive West Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline network beginning in 2010. Total’s Port Arthur refinerywill use the hydrogen to process alternative crudes and expand its output of cleaner burning transportation fuels.
“We are very pleased to expand our relationship with Total, one of the leading multinational oil and gas companies,” said Alex Masetti, vice president North America Tonnage Gases at Air Products. “We have invested in our West Gulf Coast hydrogen production and pipeline network to supply customers, such as Total, who depend on consistent and highly reliable supply of product.”
“Our Port Arthur expansion is an important and strategic project for Total. In order to have the ability to process alternative crudes properly we will need increased quantities of hydrogen,” said Steve Pocsik, vice president at Total. “We have worked with Air Products at other locations and regard their hydrogen supply as very reliable.”
Total’s Port Arthur refinery project includes building a 50,000-barrel-per-day coker, a desulfurization unit, a vacuum distillation unit and other related units. The new investments will increase the facility’s deep-conversion capacity and expand its ability to process heavy and sour crude oil, adding three million tons per year of ultra low sulfur automotive diesel to the refinery’s current production, and raising total output of all products combined to around 12 million tons per year.
Air Products also provides Total with hydrogen and other industrial gas products at Port Arthur and other sites in the Gulf Coast.
Air Products’ West Gulf Coast pipeline network is part of its overall Gulf Coast pipeline network, which extends from the Houston Ship Channel in Texas to Lake Charles, La., and from Baton Rouge to Norco, La., and east of New Orleans. This pipeline network provides a highly reliable hydrogen supply to approximately 50 refinery and process industry customers.
About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. 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. Air Products has annual revenues of $10 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 22,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
Total is one of the world’s major oil and gas groups, with activities in more than 130 countries. Its 95,000 employees put their expertise to work in every part of the industry – exploration and production of oil and natural gas, refining and marketing, gas trading and electricity. Total is working to keep the world supplied with energy, both today and tomorrow. The Group is also a first rank player in chemicals. www.total.com
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