Air Liquide starts up largest investment in Saudi Arabia to supply hydrogen to the YASREF refinery

By Stuart Radnedge, GasWorld.

Air Liquide announces the start-up of its global-scale hydrogen production site in Yanbu Industrial City, on the West coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Announced in 2010, this investment of more than €350m represents both the largest industrial investment and largest “over the fence” hydrogen contract of the group.

In the context of a long-term agreement, Air Liquide Arabia will supply hydrogen to the new YASREF refinery (a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sinopec) located in Yanbu, one of the main industrial areas of the country and a high growth area for refining and petrochemicals. YASREF is the largest refinery in the region and will process 400,000 barrels of heavy crude oil per day. Hydrogen will allow the reduction of the sulfur content of the produced fuels, and meet the environmental standards for cleaner transportation fuels.