Air Liquide Arabia celebrates a key milestone as its Yanbu pipeline network kickstarts hydrogen supply

Air Liquide Arabia (ALAR) starts commercial operation of its West Coast's Yanbu pipeline network, supplying hydrogen from its global-scale hydrogen production plant within YASREF premises

Air Liquide Arabia celebrates a key milestone as its Yanbu pipeline network kickstarts hydrogen supply
  • SAMREF, one of the Middle East’s leading refineries, is the 16km pipeline network’s first customer to be supplied.

Yanbu, Saudi Arabia: Air Liquide Arabia (ALAR), the Kingdom’s leading hydrogen, gas solutions and technologies provider, today announces that it is kickstarting commercial operations at its flagship pipeline network in Yanbu, on the West Coast of Saudi Arabia, by supplying hydrogen to SAMREF, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Mobil Yanbu Refining Company Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation.

As one of the Middle East’s leading refineries, SAMREF represents ALAR’s first customer on the pipeline network which will also start supplying three other major industrial companies in Yanbu Industrial City in the coming months.

The event is also a key milestone for ALAR’s hydrogen production site in Yanbu within Yasref. ALAR will produce the hydrogen supplied to SAMREF from its global-scale hydrogen production site located on the premises of YASREF refinery, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and China Petrochemical Corporation (SINOPEC).

This landmark event comes as ALAR continues to demonstrate its commitment to the Kingdom and Vision 2030. With its market leading hydrogen infrastructure on both coasts of Saudi Arabia, in Yanbu and Jubail, ALAR is not only bringing infrastructure and expertise in gas supply solutions and technology, but also driving local investments, talent opportunities and the development of the local supply chain.

Francois-Xavier Haulle, General Manager at Air Liquide Arabia, commented on the significant milestone for the company: “ALAR keeps executing its plan in the Kingdom and is delivering value daily to its customers. I am grateful to YASREF and SAMREF for their trust and to the Royal Commission for its continuous support. ALAR is committed to expand further its investments and deliver further synergies around the circular economy created by its hydrogen pipeline infrastructure.”


About Air Liquide Arabia (ALAR)

Air Liquide Arabia (ALAR) is the hydrogen leader in the Kingdom and delivers industrial gas solutions to customers in the refining, petrochemical, and chemical industries on both coasts of the Kingdom.

The company was formed in 2007 as a Joint Venture between Air Liquide and TAQA, to produce large volumes of industrial gases and provide better value, experience and energy efficiencies to customers in the Kingdom through a robust and highly efficient pipeline infrastructures.

ALAR is the leading hydrogen infrastructure ready company in the Kingdom, with operations in Yanbu, Jubail, and Qurrayah, supplying customers with hydrogen, as well as oxygen, nitrogen, and argon.

Thanks to integration and operational excellence, the company helps optimise the Kingdom’s natural resources, reduce the CO2 footprint, deliver value and energy efficiencies for customers. The Hydrogen infrastructure significantly contributes to Saudi Arabia’s downstream investments and localisation drive.

Since its inception, ALAR has invested in industrial projects in Saudi Arabia and continues to demonstrate its commitment to the Kingdom. With a high IKTVA score of 62%, ALAR not only offers an important platform for the development of local talent but is also an important actor for Saudi Arabia’s local content initiatives, driving the growth of new industries and helping to promote the local supply chain in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

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A world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 66,000 employees and serves more than 3.6 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are essential small molecules for life, matter and energy. They embody Air Liquide’s scientific territory and have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902.

Air Liquide’s ambition is to be a leader in its industry, deliver long term performance and contribute to sustainability. The company’s customer-centric transformation strategy aims at profitable growth over the long term. It relies on operational excellence, selective investments, open innovation and a network organization implemented by the Group worldwide. Through the commitment and inventiveness of its people, Air Liquide leverages energy and environment transition, changes in healthcare and digitization, and delivers greater value to all its stakeholders.

Air Liquide’s revenue amounted to 21 billion euros in 2018 and its solutions that protect life and the environment represented more than 40% of sales. Air Liquide is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (compartment A) and belongs to the CAC 40, EURO STOXX 50 and FTSE4Good indexes.

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