Air Products to Build and Operate Hydrogen Plant at Refinery in Joliet, Ill.

Air Products has signed an agreement with ExxonMobil Oil Corp to build, own and operate an 18 M standard cu ft/day hydrogen facility adjacent to the ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery in IL. The Air Products facility, an integrated steam methane reformer and recovery system processing refinery offgas, is expected to be on-stream in May 2006 and supply hydrogen and steam to ExxonMobil's Joliet Refinery under a long-term agreement. Air Products' hydrogen production facility will assist ExxonMobil's Joliet Refinery to produce lower sulfur transportation fuels. The Joliet hydrogen facility will be the 27th to be built under the global alliance between Air Products and Technip. Technip provides the design and construction for hydrogen generation units while Air Products provides the gas separation technology. Air Products serves customers in technology, energy, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of products, services and solutions, providing atmospheric gases, process and speciality gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates. Technip ranks among the top five corporations worldwide in the field of oil, gas and petrochemical engineering, construction and services.

(c)2005 Elsevier Engineering Information. Source: Financial Times Information Limited (Trade Mark) - Asia Intelligence Wire.

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