The hydrogen and carbon dioxide production plant (HYCO) of Carburos Metálicos in Tarragona reached 700 days on stream at the end of July, that is, without interruptions in the supply of hydrogen by pipe to its main customer, Repsol. This record, which the plant continues to increase today, exceeds the previous 450 days and strengthens not only the position of the HYCO plant in Tarragona as one of the most important worldwide within the Air Products group, but also as a center reference of high efficiency and reliability.

This record of continuous operation means that the plant has been operating hydrogen supplied 24 hours a day, 365 days a year without stopping, thus meeting the requirements of the Repsol facilities in Tarragona that need continuous hydrogen in the form of gas produced by Carburos Metálicos. The relevance of this fact is that the volume consumed by the customer is so high that it does not allow storage and its supply is critical for the operation of its activity.

This new milestone of the HYCO plant in Tarragona "is a good example of the quality of the Metal Carburos service to its customers and of the company's commitment to excellence, in line with the values that guide our activity. our HYCO plant reaches the highest production levels without interruption in the sector ", explained Francesco Maione, General Manager of Carburos Metálicos, the company is known for offering high efficiency in its service plants in Spain, while at the same time excellent customer service, the best experts, maximum security, the greatest coverage and proximity as values.

About the HYCO plant in Tarragona

The production facilities for hydrogen gas from Carburos Metálicos, located in La Pobla de Mafumet (Tarragona), were inaugurated in May 2002 after an investment of 58 million euros. With an area of 10,000 m2, it is one of the centers with the greatest hydrogen production capacity in our country and a reference within the Air Products group, which has more than 60 plants that are the same all over the world, being the world leader in the hydrogen production with a market share of more than 50%.

The plant has SMR (Steam Methane Reformer) technology of great capacity for the production of hydrogen -144 Tn / day-, which allows Carburos Metálicos to supply important companies, such as Repsol, which uses hydrogen to process their crude oil in the production of fuel. Carburos Metálicos serves a part of the production to other gas phase customers through hydrogen platforms by road, mainly for the industrial and food sector. The activity of the HYCO plant in Tarragona is certified with ISO 9001: 2008.

Carburos Metálicos, more than 50 years in Tarragona

With industrial origin in the Tarragona area in 1958, Carburos Metálicos currently has five plants in the area, which have a total production capacity of more than 2,500 tons per day. They are located in the towns of La Pobla de Mafumet, El Morell, La Canonja and Vilaseca.

The Carburos Metálicos business in the Tarragona area has a 100% local orientation, in line with the company's commitment to the development of the industry and the communities where its facilities are located. Carburos Metálicos has been involved in various projects and initiatives in the area aimed both at its human team and at its closest environment, as is the case with the recent start-up of an irrigation fertilization installation for the benefit of the irrigation community of the area. The company is also present in local reference organizations, such as the AEQT.

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