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Air Products to develop USD4.5-B clean energy complex in Louisiana

October 18/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Air Products will develop a USD4.5 billion clean energy complex near Burnside in Ascension Parish, according to Hydrocarbonprocessing with reference to Gov. John Bel Edwards and Air Products Chairman, President and CEO Seifi Ghasemi's statement.

This will also be the worlds largest permanent carbon dioxide sequestration endeavor to date. Air Products will construct a blue hydrogen manufacturing complex to produce more than 750 million standard cubic feet per day of blue hydrogen, with carbon dioxide from the manufacturing process captured and permanently sequestered. The plant will be the first carbon-capture project in Louisiana for Air Products, a world-leading industrial gas manufacturer that provides hydrogen and other gases to refineries, petrochemical plants and other customers in Louisiana, across the Gulf Coast and around the globe.
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, Gov. Edwards said. Carbon capture and sequestration are important to Louisianas efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions while maintaining jobs and growing our manufacturing base. This project is a clear demonstration of our ability to grow the Louisiana economy while lowering the carbon footprint of industry."
"Blue" products are made using hydrocarbons as a feedstock, with carbon dioxide from the production process captured for permanent sequestration. Carbon dioxide is recognized as a major source of human-caused emissions contributing to climate change. Carbon capture and sequestration, or CCS, keeps the greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere by capturing it at the production site and storing it in reservoirs far underground.
About 95% of the carbon dioxide generated at the Air Products facility will be captured, compressed and transported by pipeline to multiple inland sequestration sites located along a pipeline corridor extending up to 35 miles to the east of the complex. More than five million metric tons per year of carbon dioxide will be permanently sequestered in geologic pore space secured from the State of Louisiana about a mile below ground. Air Products has received approval from the State Mineral and Energy Board for the permanent sequestration of the carbon dioxide.
The project is expected to be operational in 2026.

As MRC reported earlier, in September 2021, SaudinAramco, Air Products, ACWA Power and Air Products Qudra  signed a deal for the asset acquisition and project financing of a USD12bn air separation unit (ASU)/gasification/ power joint venture (JV) at Jazan Economic City in Saudi Arabia.

We remind that Saudi Aramco said in March, 2021, it restructured its debt financing for Sadara Chemical Company, its joint venture (JV) with Dow Chemical, an American petrochemical major. The Saudi national oil company also said an agreement had been reached to allocate more natural gas feedstock to the joint venture, which has been building the worlds biggest chemical complex ever delivered in a single phase, in Jubail. Saudi Aramco and Dow have agreed to guarantee up to an aggregate of USD3.7 billion of senior debt principal in proportion to their ownership interests in Sadara, Aramco said in a stock exchange filing.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,396,960 tonnes in January-July 2021, up by 7% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 841,990 tonnes in the first seven months of 2021, up by 29% year on year. Supply of propylene homopolymers (homopolymer PP) and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) subsided.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:crude and gaz condensate, propylene, ethylene, gas processing, petrochemistry, Air Products, Dow, Sadara Chemical, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia, USA.
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