Air Liquide Starts Up Methane Reformer - 4/27/2012
Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the formal start up of a new Steam Methane Reformer (SMR) in La Porte, TX, just east of Houston. The 120 million standard cubic feet per day of gaseous hydrogen produced by the SMR will feed into the company's pipeline system along the Texas Gulf Coast, including the recently built 85 mile pipeline expansion to supply refineries in Port Arthur, Texas. Hydrogen is used in the oil refining process to convert heavy crude oil into clean burning transportation fuels and petrochemical feed stocks.
In remarks at today's ceremony, Michael Graff, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc., expressed appreciation to employees and all construction personnel for more than 1.2 million safe, injury free work hours on the project. Said Graff, "In 2009, in the midst of one of the most difficult economic downturns our country has faced, Air Liquide made the strategic decision to move forward with this major investment, utilizing Air Liquide's proprietary technology, recognizing the long term need for hydrogen to promote and enable continued growth along the Gulf Coast."