ExxonMobil chooses "industry-leading" technology for world's largest low carbon hydrogen facililty

World Oil Staff February 16, 2023

(WO) — Topsoe, a global leader in carbon emission reduction technologies, has agreed to deliver its industry-leading hydrogen SynCOR™ technology to ExxonMobil’s planned low carbon hydrogen production facility in Baytown, Texas. The plant is expected to be the largest low carbon hydrogen facility in the world.

ExxonMobil’s low-carbon hydrogen, ammonia, and carbon capture facility is expected to generate up to 1 billion ft3 of hydrogen per day, delivering low-carbon fuel to the Baytown olefins plant and other Houston-area facilities. Replacing natural gas with hydrogen at the Baytown olefins plant could reduce the integrated complex’s CO2 emissions by up to 30%.

Elena Scaltritti, CEO of Topsoe, said, “We are very excited to support ExxonMobil with our unique technology. Once complete, this ambitious project will result in hydrogen that can be used for low-carbon fuels and chemicals to help meet global net zero targets.”

Dan Ammann, President of ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions, said, “The scale of this project is expected to enable up to a 30% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions from our Baytown facility by switching from natural gas as a fuel source to low-carbon hydrogen.”

To produce the large amount of hydrogen needed by ExxonMobil, Topsoe applies its SynCORTM technology, which enable mega-scale hydrogen production as well as cost efficient carbon capture.

To deliver an integrated solution, Topsoe has teamed up with carbon capture technology licensor, Honeywell UOP. As technology integrator, Topsoe guarantees the carbon intensity of the integrated low carbon facility including, hydrogen production and carbon capture.

SynCOR™ is Topsoe´s proprietary technology based on advanced autothermal reforming principles. Supported by 300 years of accumulative, safe operation, SynCOR™ is often the preferred technology for mega scale hydrogen production, due to its maturity and low capital and operating costs.

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