Argentina: start-up of a new hydrogen unit

April 21, 2010

Air Liquide announces the start-up of a new hydrogen production unit (Steam Methane Reformer) to supply Esso Petrolera Argentina at its refinery located in Campana, 70 km northwest of the city of Buenos Aires. The Air Liquide Group invested more than €36 million (US$ 50 million) in this new plant.

This new hydrogen facility will provide a safe, reliable and energy efficient source of hydrogen for the refinery and will be the largest stand alone hydrogen facility in Argentina. This new source of hydrogen will enable Esso Petrolera Argentina to increase production of automotive fuels to meet the growing needs of the country.

Michael J. Graff, Vice-President Americas and member of the Group’s Executive Committee, commented: “Air Liquide is proud to be able to support Esso Petrolera Argentina with yet another important investment in hydrogen production. This new start-up illustrates our on-going commitment to support development in South America and to meet the growing needs of our customers. Energy and the Environment are growth drivers of the Air Liquide Group.”

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