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Air Products, a Lehigh Valley-based industrial gases company, recently signed a long-term contract with Imperial, Canada’s largest oil refiner, to supply Imperial with low-carbon hydrogen.

The hydrogen will be destined for a renewable diesel complex project near Edmonton, Alberta. Air Products will supply the hydrogen by pipeline from its plant, currently under construction, in Edmonton. Imperial will use hydrogen to produce renewable diesel.

“There is a significant demand for low carbon hydrogen, and as a frontrunner, Air Products is ready to meet this demand from our Alberta Blue Hydrogen Hub,” said Dr. Samir J. Serhan, Director of the operation of Air Products. “Canada is rapidly implementing an energy transition that emphasizes the use of low-carbon hydrogen, and Air Products is demonstrating that hydrogen facilities globally can be zero-carbon . We continue to lay the groundwork for a competitive low-carbon hydrogen network, which includes increasing liquid hydrogen production capacity at our site to 35 metric tons per day to provide clean hydrogen to the growing industrial and mobility markets in Canada.

The Imperial complex is expected to produce more than one billion liters of renewable diesel annually from local raw materials.

In addition, the facility is expected to reduce emissions from the Canadian transportation sector by approximately 3 million tonnes per year.

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