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Air Liquide to supply hydrogen production technology to largest single train refinery

Air Liquide Engineering & Construction has been selected to supply two hydrogen production steam methane reformer (SMR) units to Dangote Group, the largest manufacturing conglomerate in West Africa.

The SMR units will be core to a new hydrogen generation complex producing 200,000 Nm³/h of hydrogen and high quality steam for Dangote’s new refinery located in the Lekki free trade zone in Nigeria. The new refinery is part of the largest industrial complex that is currently under development in Africa and will produce Euro V compliant low sulfur fuels among other products. Hydrogen is used today in many industrial sectors, especially in the oil refining process to produce sulfur-free fuels.

This equipment supply agreement follows a first agreement related to technology license and process design Air Liquide signed with Dangote in 2015, demonstrating trust in Air Liquide’s technology and the quality of the key equipment.

“ We are proud to deliver our technology and the steam reformer packages for the large hydrogen production unit as part of this ambitious refinery project,” said Domenico D’Elia, Vice President and Chairman of Air Liquide Engineering & Construction. “Dangote’s confidence in selecting Air Liquide’s hydrogen and steam reforming technology reaffirms our leading position in this market segment, with more than 130 references around the globe “