BATON ROUGE, LA. (AP) — An industrial gas company says it will build a new hydrogen plant in Louisiana and be one of the largest hydrogen production units in the country.
The Advocate reported Thursday that Praxair Inc. says it signed a long-term contract with a major refinery and that the new plant will start up in 2021.
It's unclear where the plant will be located. Praxair says it will be integrated with the firm's "already extensive Louisiana production network via its Mississippi River Corridor hydrogen pipeline system."
Petroleum refiners use hydrogen to produce transportation fuels. Hydrogen is also used by chemical companies to make some specialty chemicals and intermediates. Praxair recently started a new carbon monoxide unit at is Geismar manufacturing site.