Hydrogen in Antwerp

Air Liquide will invest in a hydrogen-production unit on BASF’s site at the port of Antwerp, Belgium. The new hydrogen plant – with a production capacity of 100,000 m3/h – will supply many Air Liquide customers as well as BASF via its hydrogen pipeline network. Almost 900km long, this network already supplies industry in the Antwerp basin, The Netherlands – particularly the port of Rotterdam – and customers in southern Belgium, in the Feluy region, and northern France, in the region around Arras and Douai. Construction work is set to begin next July, and the plant is expected to go on-stream in the last quarter of 2003. Air Liquide’s intention is then to add a carbon monoxide production unit to meet BASF’s future requirements, and those of other customers in the Antwerp area, starting in the year 2005. The new facility will be the largest Air Liquide hydrogen-production unit in the world.

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