LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Oct. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Products (NYSE: APD), the leading global hydrogen provider, announced today it has signed a long-term hydrogen supply agreement with Pallas Nitrogen Texas, LLC. Air Products will supply 44 million standard cubic feet per day of hydrogen from its existing Gulf Coast Pipeline (GCP) to Pallas. The supply is to begin in mid-2016 when Pallas begins ammonia production operations at their plant, which will be located on land leased from Air Products at its established Pasadena, Texas industrial gas manufacturing location.
"This contract further loads our Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline and network system, and at the same time makes use of some available land at our Pasadena plant that we were able to lease to the customer. It is really a win-win for us and our customer, and illustrates our continuous improvement approach to optimize our capabilities and assets," said Bill Hammarstrom, vice president, HyCO Americas at Air Products.
"We are excited to have Air Products, a premier global hydrogen producer, as Pallas' host and hydrogen supplier for our Pasadena ammonia plant. The strategic location and direct access to their Gulf Coast Pipeline affords us great confidence with respect to safe, reliable and economic delivery of hydrogen to the Pallas ammonia plant. We look forward to a long-term, mutually successful relationship for this plant and our future work with Air Products," said Steve Dopuch, chief executive officer at Pallas.
Hammarstrom said this agreement again demonstrates the value of the GCP, which is the world's largest hydrogen plant and pipeline network system. The GCP allows customers to easily be connected to the system and be assured of unparalleled product reliability. Air Products officially dedicated its GCP in 2012. The 600-mile pipeline span stretches from the Houston Ship Channel in Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana, and supplies customers with over 1.4 billion feet of hydrogen per day from over 21 hydrogen production facilities.
Pipelines offer a safe, robust and reliable supply of hydrogen to the refinery and petrochemical industry around the world. Globally, Air Products' pipeline operational expertise is evidenced by its network of systems. Besides the GCP, Air Products also has a hydrogen pipeline in California in the U.S., in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, and in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Hydrogen, to be used in this instance by Pallas for ammonia production, is widely used in petroleum refining processes to remove impurities found in crude oil such as sulphur, olefins and aromatics to meet product fuels specifications. Removing these components allows gasoline and diesel to burn cleaner and thus makes hydrogen a critical component in the production of cleaner fuels needed by modern, efficient internal combustion engines.
About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE: APD) is a leading industrial gases company. For nearly 75 years, the company has provided atmospheric, process and specialty gases, and related equipment to manufacturing markets including metals, food and beverage, refining and petrochemical, and natural gas liquefaction. Air Products' materials technologies segment serves the semiconductor, polyurethanes, cleaning and coatings, and adhesives industries. Over 20,000 employees in 50 countries are working to make Air Products the world's safest and best performing industrial gases company, providing sustainable offerings and excellent service to all customers. In fiscal 2014, Air Products had sales of $10.4 billion and was ranked number 276 on the Fortune 500 annual list of public companies. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
Pallas Nitrogen Texas, LLC (the Company) is a privately held entity formed to develop, own and operate a 660 ton-per-day ammonia plant located in Pasadena, Texas. Significant development, permitting and engineering have been completed on the Project and full construction is expected to commence in the 4th quarter of 2015. Production is anticipated to begin mid-2016. Company stakeholders have considerable experience owning, operating and successfully divesting multiple turn-around assets in the coal industry. Company management brings over 50 years of combined project development and management experience in addition to strategic relationships to bear in support of the Pasadena Project. For more information, email [email protected].
NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management's reasonable expectations and assumptions as of the date of this release regarding important risk factors. Actual performance and financial results may differ materially from projections and estimates expressed in the forward-looking statements because of many factors not anticipated by management, including risk factors described in the Company's Form 10K for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2014.
SOURCE Air Products