The Linde Group has signed a contract with BASF to construct a large hydrogen plant for their facility in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Linde will be handling the basic and detail engineering and materials procurement for this project as well as installation and commissioning. When the new plant goes into operation, it will increase the facility's total hydrogen capacity by 50,000 standard cubic metres (Nm³/h). The highly purified hydrogen will be fed into the BASF internal pipeline network. The turn-key hydrogen plant is scheduled to go into operation in mid-September 2009.The efficient application of Linde process technologies results in an optimisation of operating costs. In addition, the plant significantly falls below many limits set by environmental protection regulations.Earlier, Linde has built oxygen and ethylene production plants at the Ludwigshafen facility, but this is the first hydrogen plant that Linde supplies to BASF.