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Air Liquide constructs new hydrogen plant in China

24 July 2012

Air Liquide has started construction of a new steam methane reformer (SMR) unit in China, following an agreement with Zhejiang Huafon Spandex.

The SMR unit will supply 13,000 Nm3/hour of hydrogen and steam to Huafon's 120,000 tpy cyclohexanone project in Liaoyang, China.

"In January 2012, Air Liquide opened a hydrogen unit to supply Bayer MaterialScience in Shanghai."

You Xiaoping, Huafon Group president, said the group can better focus on its core business as Air Liquide's industrial gas solutions ensure increased efficiency and reliability.

"We look forward to a close partnership with Air Liquide and hope to benefit from its global reputation for excellence in engineering and operational expertise," added Xiaoping.

Designed and manufactured by the Air Liquide engineering and construction team, the new SMR facility will use Lurgi's technologies.

Jean-Marc de Royere, Air Liquide Asia Pacific vice president and executive committee member, said the new contract confirms the company's ability to deliver reliable and efficient gas solutions, not only in air gases but also in hydrogen, to Chinese chemical companies.

"It also illustrates Air Liquide's commitment to supporting the industrial development of the Liaoning province and reinforcing our position in north-east China," de Royere added.

Cyclohexanone is used to manufacture nylon, while hydrogen is used to produce polyurethanes (foams) polycarbonates and nylons.

In January 2012, Air Liquide opened a hydrogen unit to supply Bayer MaterialScience in Shanghai.