Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (Pilipinas Shell) in partnership with industrial gas leader Air Liquide Philippines Inc. (Air Liquide), is building the first Hydrogen manufacturing facility in the Philippines.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held last August 29, at Shell’s Refinery in Batangas City. The facility will be the first of its kind in the Philippines and targets to efficiency and competitiveness of the refinery.
“We’ve embarked on a partnership that will capitalize on the strength and expertise of both parties – Pilipinas Shell’s 105 years of experience in the oil industry and Air Liquide’s 117 years in the industrial gas space. This partnership will develop the capability to produce hydrogen which enables Pilipinas Shell to process more crude oil varieties into more quality fuels. We expect to complete the project by end 2020 and reap the benefits from this venture starting 2021” said Paolo Barredo, Pilipinas Shell’s Business Opportunity and Business Development Manager.
A hydrogen manufacturing unit (HMU) will be built onsite Pilipinas Shell’s refinery. It will supply the additional hydrogen requirements that will enable the company to extract more diesel fuel compared to its current production.
According to Air Liquide Southeast Asia Region Vice President Boon Hai Ng, a dedicated facility will also be set up that will capture and liquify carbon dioxide for other uses, the first of its kind.
“This undertaking is proof of our commitment to invest in projects that will enhance the competitiveness of our refinery to support the country’s energy needs. The carbon dioxide produced from the HMU will be recovered for further industrial use” said Cesar Romero, Shell companies in the Philippines Country Chairman.
“We recognize that by leveraging on each other’s expertise, we will be able to bring more benefits not just to the company but to the country as well,” added Jan-Peter Groot Wassink, Shell Tabangao Refinery General Manager