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Air Products will build a world-scale hydrogen-production plant to serve Exxonmobil’s (Esso) Rotterdam refinery in The Netherlands and other customers in the region.

The plant will feature technology advancements to maximise facility energy efficiency and emission reductions.

It will be connected to Air Products’ extensive Rotterdam hydrogen-pipeline network system and is expected to be on-stream in the second half of 2011.

The Rotterdam project follows two announcements in the past year involving Air Products and Exxonmobil in the US.

Air Products is building a world-scale hydrogen-production facility to supply Exxonmobil’s Baton Rouge, Louisiana facility.

It has also announced a hydrogen-pipeline supply agreement from its Gulf Coast network to Exxonmobil’s Baytown, Texas refinery.

Both projects will go on-stream in 2010.

Air Products will build its Rotterdam hydrogen facility through a global alliance with Technip.

Technip provides the design and construction expertise for steam reformers while Air Products provides the gas-separation technology.

Air Products, through its extensive operating network, and Technip, from its large reference base, also bring effective operational and engineering knowledge to ‘design-in’ high reliability and efficiency.

The plants are operated and maintained by Air Products under long-term agreements with customers.

Air Products operates production facilities in Botlek, Pernis, Chemiehaven and Europoort and manages an extensive network of pipelines.

The new hydrogen plant will add four miles of pipeline to the existing 35-mile hydrogen system managed by Air Products in Rotterdam.

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