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Linde to Construct Hydrogen Plant

The technology group The Linde Group has signed a contract with BASF to construct a large hydrogen plant for their facility in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Linde will be handling the basic and detail engineering and materials procurement for this project as well as installation and commissioning. The turn-key hydrogen plant is scheduled to go into operation in mid-September 2009.

"This project once again demonstrates our outstanding expertise and competitiveness in the area of hydrogen technology," said Dr. Aldo Belloni, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG.

The efficient application of Linde process technologies results in an optimisation of operating costs. In addition, the plant significantly falls below many limits set by environmental protection regulations.

Linde already has built oxygen and ethylene production plants at the Ludwigshafen facility, but this is the first hydrogen plant that Linde supplies to BASF. When the new plant goes into operation, it will increase the facility's total hydrogen capacity by 50,000 standard cubic metres (Nm³/h). The highly purified hydrogen will be fed into the BASF internal pipeline network.

The Linde Group is one of the leading providers of hydrogen plants and has already set up more than 200 facilities of this type worldwide.

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