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    Motiva and Marathon Refineries Strike Deal with Air Products

    Company will supply hydrogen from new Louisiana facility.

    LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa. -- Air Products and Chemicals Inc. will construct a facility in Louisiana to supply hydrogen to the Motiva Enterprises LLC and Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC (MAP) refineries, and also provide hydrogen to its Mississippi River corridor pipeline system. Producing 110 million standard-cubic feet per day, the facility will be owned and operated by Air Products and is expected to be on-stream in November 2005.

    The hydrogen facility, a natural gas-based steam methane reformer, will help both Motiva's Convent 225,000-barrel-per-day refinery and MAP's Garyville 255,000-barrel-per-day refinery to produce cleaner transportation fuels and other petroleum products from heavier, sour crude feedstocks. The Air Products facility will be located at the Motiva refinery and supply hydrogen by pipeline to MAP, as well as other customers along a 90-mile pipeline network from Baton Rouge to Norco, La.

    "We are very pleased to announce this addition to our hydrogen production capability and infrastructure in Louisiana. The increased reliability represented in this new investment is critically important in meeting the needs of Motiva and Marathon Ashland Petroleum, and other refineries and customers in the Mississippi River corridor," said Scott Sherman, Air Products' vice president and general manager for Energy and Process Industries worldwide.

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