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The hydrogen refuelling station is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2019

The hydrogen refuelling station is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2019



First hydrogen fuelling station in kingdom

Saudi Aramco and Air Products, the two industrial majors, are collaborating to build the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle fuelling station in Saudi Arabia

February 2019

State oil giant Saudi Aramco signed an agreement with US-based Air Products, a leading industrial gases company in the world, to jointly build the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle fuelling station in the kingdom.

The new refuelling station will be located within the grounds of Air Products’ technology centre in the Dhahran Techno Valley Science Park.

The collaboration between the two companies will combine Air Products’ technological know-how and experience in the field of hydrogen with Saudi Aramco’s industrial experience, facilities and R&D (research and development) capabilities, said a statement from Saudi Aramco.

As per the deal, Saudi Aramco and Air Products will establish a pilot fleet of fuel cell vehicles for which high-purity compressed hydrogen will be dispensed at the new fuelling station, it stated.

Air Products’ proprietary SmartFuel hydrogen fuelling technology will be incorporated into the new station to supply the vehicles with compressed hydrogen.

The collected data during this pilot phase of the project will provide valuable information for the assessment of future applications of this emerging transport technology in the local environment.

The hydrogen refuelling station, the first in the kingdom, is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2019, it added.

“Hydrogen fuel cells offer an effective means for the electrification of transport while maintaining easy, five-minute refuelling and long driving ranges,” remarked Ahmad Al Khowaiter, the chief technology officer of Saudi Aramco.

Dr Samir Serhan, the executive vice-president at Air Products, said: “We are honoured to work on another venture with Saudi Aramco.”




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