Air Products in major blue hydrogen project on Gulf Coast
Pennsylvania-based Air Products said October 14 it would develop its largest-ever investment in the US, a $4.5bn clean energy complex in Louisiana that will produce 750mn ft3/day of blue hydrogen and sequester more than 5mn mt/yr of CO2 in pore space secured from the state.
A portion of the blue hydrogen will be delivered to customers through Air Products’ existing Gulf Coast hydrogen pipeline while the rest will be used to produce blue ammonia for export markets.
“This is a major industrial investment that will create quality manufacturing jobs while limiting environmental impacts, a goal envisioned by my Climate Initiatives Task Force,” Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards said. “Carbon capture and sequestration are important to Louisiana’s efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions while maintaining jobs and growing our manufacturing base.”
The project will create more than 2,000 construction jobs over three years and more than 170 permanent operating jobs. It is expected to be operational in 2026.
The Louisiana project, in Ascension Parish near Baton Rouge, is Air Products' second major blue hydrogen investment in North America. In June, it said it would pursue development of a multi-billion-dollar net-zero hydrogen energy complex in Edmonton, Alberta that will capture and sequester 3mn mt/yr of CO2.