BOC Group Plans Facility at Salt Lake Refinery

BOC Group Plans Facility at Salt Lake Refinery

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The BOC Group plans to build a facility to provide hydrogen and steam to two Salt Lake City-area oil refineries.

The British industrial gases, vacuum technologies and distribution services company said Thursday that it will invest nearly $50 million over the next year in the operation.

The facility is to be built at the Chevron refinery in Salt Lake City. The plant will supply hydrogen and steam to the Chevron refinery and to Holly Corp. refinery in Woods Cross.

Construction is expected to begin in early July, with production starting by mid-2006, said BOC spokeswoman Kristina Schurr.

The plant likely will employ seven or eight people, Schurr said.

Chevron and Holly are upgrading their refineries to comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requirements, which call for decreased sulfur emissions and cleaner-burning fuels.

Hydrogen aids in meeting the EPA's requirements, said Alan Iantosca, global vice president of BOC Process Systems. Hydrogen combines with sulfur compounds in the crude oil, which enables the compounds to be removed, thereby reducing the levels of sulfur dioxide released into the atmosphere, Iantosca said.

Worldwide, BOC employs more than 30,000 people. In 2004, it reported over $8.3 billion in sales.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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