Air Products and MAP Sign Hydrogen Agreement

March 13, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Air Products and Chemicals Inc. (Allentown, PA) has inked a contract to build, own and operate a standard 34,000,000ft³ per day hydrogen facility adjacent to Marathon Ashland Petroleum’s (MAP) refinery in Catlettsburg, KY. The facility, a natural-gas-based, hydrogen steam, methane reformer, is expected to be on-stream in November 2003, and Air Products will supply hydrogen to MAP's 220,000 barrel-per-day refinery under a long-term agreement.

"We are pleased to begin working with MAP at Catlettsburg and, at the same time, extend a relationship that is over a decade long with our involvement at other MAP facilities," said Jeff Byrne, Air Products' regional vice president for Chemical and Process Industries in North America.