MOSCOW (MRC) -- Linde North America has executed a new integrated supply agreement with Lima Refining Company (LRC) for hydrogen and steam utilities to its refinery in Lima, Ohio, according to Plastemart.
LRC, a subsidiary of Husky Energy, is implementing a modernization project (crude oil flexibility, or COF) that will further strengthen the refinery and enable processing of a diverse set of crude oils to produce a range of product slates.
Linde already owns and operates two hydrogen plants, which supply hydrogen and steam to refining and petrochemicals facilities, including LRC, and other industrial gas production assets in this cluster. It is anticipated that the new hydrogen plant (Linde Lima 3) will be on-stream during the Q1-2016. Linde's hydrogen plants in Lima will be operated as a single facility capable of producing more than 60 mln standard cubic feet/day (MMSCFD) of hydrogen for the cluster companies.
"Linde has a strong presence in the Lima Industrial Cluster and we are very happy to expand our business with our customer LRC, one of the most historic refineries in the world, and an anchor company for this cluster," said Pat Murphy, president of Linde Americas. "LRC will use the additional hydrogen to hydrotreat product streams containing sulfur and other components," said Dr. Raghu Menon, vice president of Linde's tonnage business development for the Americas region. "To meet the overall demand, Linde will establish a new state-of-the-art SMR (Steam Methane Reforming) hydrogen plant, and invest in upgrades related to the existing facilities, to increase our cluster hydrogen production capacity and operational flexibility," he added. "Overall, Linde expects to invest approximately $100 million for the related enhancements in this cluster."
As MRC wrote before, SIBUR, a Russian gas processing and petrochemicals company, and Linde Group, a German Technology company, have signed agreements to build and operate new air separation units in Dzerzhinsk, the Nizhny Novgorod Region. On a long-term basis, SIBUR will provide Linde with a leased site and power supply while Linde, in its turn, will supply technical gases to SIBUR.
The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 62,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide.