Dow selects Linde as partner for Alberta ethylene and derivatives complex

Mike Edwards   

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Dow has announced it has selected Linde as its industrial gas partner for the supply of clean hydrogen and nitrogen for its proposed net-zero carbon emissions integrated ethylene cracker and derivatives site in Fort Saskatchewan, AB.

The proposed production process at Fort Saskatchewan will convert cracker off-gas into hydrogen as a clean fuel to be used in the ethylene production process and carbon dioxide will be captured onsite to be transported and stored by adjacent third-party carbon storage infrastructure partners.

Final investment decisions for both the Dow and Linde projects are subject to approval by both companies’ respective Board of Directors and various regulatory agencies. Final investment decisions are expected in fourth quarter this year for a potential start-up of phase 1 in 2027.

Under the parties’ framework agreement, Linde will complete the design and engineering for a Linde-owned and operated world-scale air separation and autothermal reformer complex. This complex would be integrated with Linde’s existing operations in Fort Saskatchewan.

Dow’s net-zero carbon emissions ethylene cracker and derivatives complex would decarbonize approximately 20 percent of its global ethylene capacity while growing its global polyethylene supply by about 15 percent, the company says.

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