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Praxair starts up hydrogen plant at Port Arthur

6:32 AM MDT | July 23, 2013 | Lindsay Frost

Praxair today announced that it has started up a 135-st cubic feet/day (scfd) hydrogen plant at Valero's refinery at Port Arthur, TX. The new plant houses the largest steam methane reformer (SMR) Praxair has built and will supply hydrogen and 450,000 lbs/hour of steam to Valero’s new 57,000-bbl/day hydrocracker, the company says. The hydrocracker, which breaks down hydrocarbon molecules in heavier crude oil to produce premium transportation fuels, will produce 1.2 barrels of high-value, low-sulfur products for each barrel of high-sulfur feedstock, the...

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