Linde and PBF Energy have broken ground on a new hydrogen plant that is being built in Delaware City in partnership with PBF subsidiary Delaware City Refining Company. Gov. John Carney, U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Delaware City Mayor Stanley E. Green joined executives from Linde, PBF Energy and DCRC in the ceremony.
Investments by Linde and DCRC in this project, which include a 25 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) hydrogen plant and supporting infrastructure, are expected to exceed U.S.$100 million.
As part of this initiative, Linde will design, build, own and operate the hydrogen plant, which is targeted for start-up during the second quarter of 2020. The hydrogen plant project will generate about 80 to 100 construction jobs at peak workload, seven permanent positions, and 25 to 30 local contractor employees during major turnarounds.
“Our partnership with Linde has allowed us to progress this attractive project, which will make our Delaware City Refinery even more competitive,” added Tom Nimbley, PBF Energy’s chairman and CEO. “The refinery already features complex crude processing flexibility, and the new hydrogen plant will expand our ability to convert our heavy feedstock slate into cleaner, higher-value products, including marine fuels that meet new global, ultra-low sulfur standards established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that go into effect in 2020.”