Praxair to supply hydrogen to Marathon Petroleum refinery in US


US-based industrial gas producer Praxair has entered a long-term contract to provide hydrogen to Marathon Petroleum's refinery in Garyville, Louisiana, US.

To be supplied through Praxair’s Southeast Louisiana pipeline network, hydrogen will be used in Marathon Petroleum’s new ultra-low-sulphur diesel project, which is scheduled to be completed by next year.

Marathon Petroleum is currently involved in refining transportation fuels in the US. It operates an integrated refining, marketing and transportation system in the Midwest, east, south-east and Gulf Coast.

Praxair global hydrogen business president Dan Yankowski said: “Garyville is home to Marathon Petroleum’s largest refinery, the third largest by capacity in the US, and Praxair is proud to be supporting their business in the Gulf Coast.

"This type of opportunity to further serve our customers in the region is why we expanded our presence in the lower Mississippi River corridor several years ago."

“This type of opportunity to further serve our customers in the region is why we expanded our presence in the lower Mississippi River corridor several years ago.”

With more than 50 hydrogen production facilities and six hydrogen pipeline systems worldwide, Praxair currently provides industrial and cylinder gases, as well as specialised technologies for refinery and chemical companies.

In October last year, Praxair signed a long-term contract to oxygen and nitrogen gas to Equate Petrochemical Company subsidiary MEGlobal’s new ethylene glycol (EG) plant, currently under construction in Freeport, Texas, US.

Scheduled to be operational by 2019, Praxair’s new air separation unit (ASU) will supply oxygen to the MEGlobal plant.