February 24, 2020

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Air Products Starts Work on New Industrial Gas Hub
Air Products broke ground on a new industrial gases "megaproject" in Saudi Arabia this week. Image courtesy of Air Products

Industrial gases firm Air Products held an event on Monday to mark the beginning of construction on a new Air Products Qudra industrial gases hub “megaproject” in the Jubail Industrial City in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

“The investment we are making in Jubail is a continuation of our (Air Products Qudra’s) mission to bring world-class technology, on-site solutions, leading project execution and operational leadership for large-scale energy and environmental projects throughout the Middle East region,” Dr. Samir Serhan, chairman of Air Products Qudra and executive vice president at Air Products, said in a company press release. “This megaproject again showcases the core strengths and capabilities we bring to support the creation of a world-leading downstream sector in Saudi Arabia.”

The firm is making a “significant investment” to construct and operate a new steam methane reformer (SMR) for the production of hydrogen, an air separation unit (ASU) for nitrogen and oxygen, and hydrogen pressure swing adsorption (PSA) units that will reclaim hydrogen from off gases. 

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Air Products said the SMR hydrogen production plant will be “the largest ever built” by the company. Once operational the SMR assets will supply refineries and petrochemical sites in the eastern portion of Saudi Arabia. The ASU and PSAs will provide industrial gases to customers throughout the region. 

“In collaboration with the Royal Commission, this investment in Jubail demonstrates that focus and is another example where we can bring Air Products’ full suite of capabilities in support of sustainable energy and chemicals production to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” Air Products Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Seifi Ghasemi said in a statement.

Construction on the new assets is expected to be completed in 2023. 

This January, Air Products revealed plans to invest $500 million to build, own and operate (BOO) a new steam methane reformer (SMR) for hydrogen production and an air separation unit (ASU) for nitrogen in the U.S. to support a new world-scale ammonia production plant in Texas City, TX operated by Gulf Coast Ammonia (GCA).

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