Air Product to build $4.5B blue hydrogen plant in the US

Air Products has announced to build a $4.5 billion blue hydrogen complex in Louisiana, US.

The company will build, own and operate the megaproject, which will produce over 750 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) of blue hydrogen in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, US.

The project will create 170 permanent jobs and over 2,000 construction jobs over three years, representing Air Products’ largest-ever investment in the US.

A portion of the blue hydrogen will be compressed and supplied to customers by Air Products’ extensive US Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline network, stretching over 700-miles from Galveston Bay in Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana.  The network can supply over 1.6 billion cubic feet/day of hydrogen from around 25 production facilities.

The balance of the blue hydrogen from the new Ascension Parish facility will be used to make blue ammonia that will be transported globally and converted back to blue hydrogen for transportation and other markets.

The project will also feature the world’s largest project of CO2 capture for permanent sequestration and produce environmentally friendly blue products. The megaproject is expected to be operational in 2026.

Approximately 95% of the CO2 generated at the facility will be captured, compressed and transported safely by pipeline to multiple inland sequestration sites located along a pipeline corridor extending up to 35 miles to the east of the new production facility. Over 5 million tonnes/year of CO2 will be permanently sequestered, for which Air Products has already received approval.

John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Governor, said, “This is a major industrial investment that will create quality manufacturing jobs while limiting environmental impacts, a goal envisioned by my Climate Initiatives Task Force.”

Seifi Ghasemi,  Air Products Chairman, added, “This landmark megaproject will not only create jobs but make Louisiana and Ascension Parish leaders in the US clean energy transition.”

Shahkar Ali

Shahkar is the regional representative for Asia covering the hydrogen industry for H2 Bulletin. Please click on the email icon to contact him directly via email or follow him on social media.
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