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OCI and Linde partner to supply clean hydrogen

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Meenal Datar

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Global producer and distributor of hydrogen products, OCI N.V. and industrial gases and engineering company, Linde, has announced a partnership where Linde will supply clean hydrogen and nitrogen to OCI’s new blue ammonia facility under development in Beaumont, Texas, US under a long-term agreement.

Linde will build, own and operate an on-site complex which will include autothermal reforming with carbon capture, plus a large air separation plant. The new complex will be integrated into Linde’s extensive Gulf Coast industrial gas infrastructure. It will supply clean hydrogen and nitrogen to OCI’s 1.1 million ton (0.99 million tonnes) per annum blue ammonia plant, the first greenfield blue ammonia facility of this scale to come onstream in the United States.

Linde will supply OCI with clean hydrogen, by sequestering more than 1.7 million metric tons (1.5 million tonnes) of carbon dioxide emissions each year. OCI will upgrade the hydrogen to produce blue ammonia, which allows OCI to materially reduce the carbon footprint of its downstream customers along the value chain across a wide range of industries.

Linde’s total investment will be approximately $1.8 billion (€1.67 billion), and OCI’s total investment cost is expected to be below $1 billion, including spending on upsized utilities and available land to allow for doubling to 2.2 mtpa capacity in the future. The project is expected to start up in 2025.

Ahmed El-Hoshy, CEO of OCI N.V. says: ‘The Beaumont facility will allow us to build and strengthen our world-leading blue ammonia and clean fuels platform, supplying both the U.S. and export market with blue ammonia, an ideal solution to decarbonise…Linde’s expertise in managing large-scale and complex engineering projects, and safely and reliably delivering industrial gases, made it a solid choice as a partner for this project.’

‘Linde’s capabilities are already enabling the transition to a low carbon intensity economy. Our strategy is to support decarbonisation by working with off-takers, like OCI, to safely and reliably supply low-carbon industrial gases at scale,’ adds said Sanjiv Lamba, CEO of Linde.

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