EIA: Hydrogen for refineries provided by industrial suppliers
from Hydrocarbon Engineering
Refineries use hydrogen to lower the sulfur content of diesel fuel. Refinery demand for hydrogen has increased as demand for diesel fuel has risen both domestically and internationally, and as sulfur content regulations have become more stringent. EIA data show that much of the growth in hydrogen use at refineries is being met through hydrogen purchased from merchant suppliers rather than from increased hydrogen production onsite at the refinery. The increased use of purchased hydrogen has implications for the refining industry's use of natural gas as a feedstock.
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