By Pierre Bertrand


Air Liquide SA on Tuesday said that its autothermal-reforming technology has been selected for the production of low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia in Japan, in what will be a first demonstration in the country.

The French industrial-gases company said its technology will be applied to a pilot project owned and operated by Japanese oil-and-gas exploration and production company Inpex Corp. in combination with carbon capture.

Autothermal reforming is a process by which hydrogen can be extracted at scale from natural gas after it is converted into synthetic gas through the application of pure oxygen, steam and high temperature. The synthetic gas can also be converted into other chemicals including ammonia and methanol, Air Liquide said.

When combined with carbon-capture technology, the process can enable the capture of up to 99% of carbon emissions in integrated facilities, the company said.

Air Liquide's engineering and construction unit will supply the technology to the Kashiwazaki Clean Hydrogen and Ammonia Project in Japan's Niigata prefecture, Air Liquide said.


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(END) Dow Jones Newswires

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