Net-zero Hydrogen Energy Complex in Edmonton, AlbertaAir Products and its subsidiary Air Products Canada Ltd., in conjunction with the Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta, are planning to build a landmark new net-zero hydrogen energy complex.
Aligned with Canada's clean energy diversification strategy and regulatory framework, Air Products began work in 2018 on the core of this world-scale energy complex in Edmonton, which will begin with a transformative $1.3 billion (CAD) net-zero hydrogen production and liquefaction facility expected onstream in 2024.
Air Products will deploy advanced hydrogen technology and innovative design to deliver net-zero emissions. The new facility will capture over 95 percent of the carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the feedstock natural gas and store it safely back underground. Hydrogen-fueled electricity will offset the remaining five percent of emissions. The clean energy complex will help refining and petrochemical customers served by the Air Products Heartland Hydrogen Pipeline to reduce their carbon intensity. The complex also marks a first in the wider use of hydrogen in Alberta, enabling the production of liquid hydrogen to be an emissions-free fuel in the transportation sector, and to generate clean electricity. This is expected to have a positive impact in lowering Alberta’s carbon emissions.
NEOM: World's Largest Carbon-free Hydrogen ProjectNEOM, a new model for sustainable living located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is the site of a $7 billion project which will enable Air Products to supply carbon-free hydrogen to power buses and trucks around the world by 2025 and eliminate three million tons per year (TPY) of CO₂ emissions and smog-forming emissions and other pollutants from the equivalent of over 700,000 cars.
The joint venture project with NEOM and ACWA Power is based on proven, world-class technology and will include the innovative integration of over four gigawatts of renewable power from solar, wind and storage; production of 650 tons per day of hydrogen by electrolysis using thyssenkrupp technology through Air Products’ exclusive strategic cooperation agreement; production of nitrogen by air separation using Air Products technology; and production of 1.2 million tons per year of carbon-free ammonia using Haldor Topsoe technology through Air Products’ global alliance agreement.
World's Largest Industrial Gas Complex Serving
Air Products, under a joint venture (JV) with ACWA Holding, designed and built the world’s largest industrial gas complex to supply 75,000 metric tons per day (20,000 oxygen and 55,000 nitrogen) to Saudi Aramco’s refinery at Jazan Economic City in Saudi Arabia. Despite its remote location and regional climate challenges, the Air Products team successfully completed the world-scale complex without a lost time injury in 25 million worker hours.
Another JV, with Air Products, Saudi Aramco, ACWA Power and Air Products Qudra, is in the final stages of project financing to acquire the gasification, power and industrial gas assets at Jazan, representing a total investment value of about $12 billion. The project is expected to reach financial close by the end of Air Products fiscal year 2021.
Coal-to-Methanol ProjectRepresenting US$2 billion of investment, Air Products will build, own and operate air separation, gasification, syngas clean-up, utilities and methanol production assets for a landmark gasification project in Bengalon, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
The facility—including Air Products’ proprietary Syngas Solutions™ dry-feed gasifier—will efficiently convert abundant coal resources into high-value products, enabling nearly two million TPY of methanol to be produced from nearly six million TPY of coal beginning in 2024. The project will enable Bakrie Group and PT. Ithaca Resources to provide methanol for domestic consumption, supporting Indonesia’s energy independence and sustainable economic growth.
Lu'an Coal Gasification ProjectThrough its joint venture with Lu’an Clean Energy, Air Products supplies syngas and other industrial gases to Lu’an's syngas-to-liquids production in Changzhi, Shanxi, China.
The world-scale gasification project involves four large air separation units (ASUs), four gasifiers and two syngas clean-up systems to support one of China’s landmark clean energy demonstration projects. The gasifiers are the largest in the world, capable of converting 12,000 tons of coal into syngas for Lu'An to transform into chemicals and transportation fuels.
Jiutai Coal-to-Syngas PlantAir Products has been awarded a long-term onsite contract to supply syngas to Jiutai New Material Co. Ltd for their multi-billion dollar mono-ethylene glycol project in Hohhot, China. The project, which will be the first to be built by Air Products including proven gasification technology acquired from Shell, is expected to come onstream in 2022.
The facility will be designed to produce over 500,000Nm3/hr of syngas, and will be comprised of five gasifiers, two approximately 100,000nm3/hr air separation units (ASU), with syngas purification and processing, as well as associated infrastructure and utilities. Jiutai will supply the coal feedstock and take all output from the plant.
Syngas Project with Debang Group, Jiangsu Province, ChinaA breakthrough coal-to-syngas processing facility in Xuwei National Petrochemical Park, Lianyungang City, Jiangsu Province, China is being realized through an 80% Air Products / 20% joint venture with Debang Xinghua Technology Co., Ltd. (a subsidiary of Jiangsu Debang Chemical Industrial Group Co., Ltd. (“Debang Group”)).
Located strategically in one of seven national integrated oil refining and petrochemical parks in China, the JV will own and operate air separation, gasification and purification assets under a 20-year contract for a fixed monthly fee, supplying syngas to support Debang Group’s 350,000 tons-per-year chemicals facilities. The project is expected onstream in 2023, supplying the syngas that will enable Debang Group to produce needed ammonia and other products for their customers.
World-scale Industrial Gas Complex Serving
Air Products built, owns and operates a world-scale industrial gas complex that supplies hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and steam to BPCL’s Kochi Refinery. We also built, own and operate a syngas production facility at the refinery to supply BPCL’s Propylene Derivatives Petrochemical Project (PDPP). The syngas unit employs our proprietary cryogenic gas separation technologies to produce a hydrogen/carbon monoxide syngas to feed the PDPP.
The innovative combination of technologies deployed at the Kochi facility includes:
- Twin steam methane reformer (SMR) trains, designed and built by Air Products through its Global Alliance with TechnipFMC, to produce over 15 tonnes per hour of hydrogen for use in the production of cleaner burning transportation fuels;
- A cryogenic syngas purification system to create a mixture of approximately 14 tonnes per hour of purified hydrogen and carbon monoxide;
- An air separation unit to produce nitrogen and oxygen for the refinery and petrochemical complex; and
- A gas turbine to produce power for the Air Products facilities.
World-class Steam Methane Reformer Serving
Air Products built, owns and operates a world-class steam methane reformer (SMR) at Covestro's facility in Baytown, Texas. The SMR produces 125 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) of hydrogen and a world-scale supply of carbon monoxide (CO) that is supplied to Covestro and other customers linked to Air Products’ Gulf Coast Hydrogen and CO Pipeline Networks.
Covestro and Gulf Coast Pipeline Customers
Built through the global hydrogen alliance between Air Products and Technip,the SMR features the latest technology to maximize energy efficiency and reduce emissions, and includes optimal heat integration, which in turn lowers feedstock consumption.
Large-scale Carbon CaptureAir Products has designed and constructed a large-scale system to capture carbon dioxide (CO₂) from our two steam methane reformers located within the Valero Refinery in Port Arthur, Texas. The recovered and purified CO₂ is delivered by pipeline to Denbury Onshore for use in their enhanced oil recovery operations.
Described by the Department of Energy as a milestone in its Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage program, this unprecedented achievement, which uses an Air Products innovative technology, is the first-of-its-kind operating at such a large scale, and has not been accomplished anywhere else in the U.S.
Since 2014, our technology for carbon capture and sequestration at our Port Arthur facility has captured approximately one million metric tons of CO₂ annually—the equivalent of removing the emissions of 200,000 cars from the road every single year.
Largest Hydrogen SMR Serving Gulf Coast
Air Products will build its largest-ever steam methane reformer (SMR), which will supply hydrogen for Gulf Coast Ammonia’s (GCA) new world-scale ammonia production plant, in Texas City, Tex. Under a build, own and operate model, we are also building an air separation unit (ASU) to supply nitrogen, and will own and operate a steam turbine generator to supply power and other utilities to GCA’s Texas City plant.
Aligning with Air Products' sustainability goals, the hydrogen production plant will feature the latest technology to maximize energy efficiency and reduce emissions, and include optimal heat integration, which in turn lowers feedstock consumption. The project sets several Air Products milestones, including:
- Largest U.S. investment of $500 million for one project
- Largest steam methane reformer producing approximately 175 million standard cubic feet per day of hydrogen
- Extends company’s Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline, the largest in the world, from Texas City to Baytown, totaling approximately 700 miles of pipeline
- Largest per day amount of hydrogen supplied to a single customer under one contract