Praxair, Inc. has begun supplying BP’s refinery complex in Whiting, Indiana, with hydrogen from its new, state-of-the-art hydrogen facility. The two steam methane reformers have a total capacity of 200 million standard cubic feet per day. BP uses hydrogen to produce ultra-low-sulfur gasoline and diesel fuels.
The facility was fully designed, engineered, procured and built by Praxair’s hydrogen engineering group. “This facility demonstrates Praxair’s world-class hydrogen plant-design and construction capabilities, using advanced construction techniques and the latest energy-efficient technologies,” said Dan Yankowski, president of Praxair’s Global Hydrogen business unit.
Worldwide, Praxair operates 40 hydrogen production facilities and seven hydrogen pipeline systems that deliver nearly one billion standard cubic feet per day of hydrogen. Praxair’s 310-mile-long hydrogen pipeline on the U.S. Gulf Coast is one of the world’s largest, serving more than 50 refineries and petrochemical plants. Refinery customers worldwide benefit from Praxair’s complete portfolio of large-volume industrial gases, cylinder gases and specialized services.
Praxair is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, with 2009 sales of $9 billion. The company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies bring productivity and environmental benefits to a diverse group of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, electronics, energy, food and beverage, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and others.