Compressed Bulk Hydrogen

Hydrogen is produced by steam reforming of natural gas and electrolysis

BOC has an extensive network of hydrogen production with multiple SMR plants in England and Wales and an electrolytic plant in Ireland.

Hydrogen is transported as compressed hydrogen in tube trailers and can then either be decanted from the trailer into storage on the customer site or for larger demands the trailer can be left on site and the customer can draw directly from the storage.


  • Compressed gas
  • Extremely flammable
  • Odourless, colourless and non-toxic
  • Can form an explosive mixture with air. May react violently with oxidants.


  • Hydrogen > 99.98%
  • Oxygen < 5 vpm
  • Moisture < 8 vpm
  • Total Carbons < 10 vpm
  • Nitrogen < 100 vpm.

Liquid Hydrogen

Liquid hydrogen is available for high-purity applications. The specification is available on request.


We supply hydrogen for these processes to a wide range of industries including:

Food and Beverage To hydrogenate edible liquid fats and oils into margarine and other semi-solid products.
Chemicals To hydrogenate non-edible oils for soap, creams, plastic, and other chemical processes and for the production of bulk, intermediates, and speciality chemicals.
Pharmaceutical To produce pharmaceutical intermediates.
Electronics To enhance heat transfer, used as ultra-high purity (UHP) for controlled atmospheres in semiconductor manufacturing to increase productivity and protect against impurities.
Energy To enhance heat transfer for cooling high-speed turbine power generators and nuclear reactors and as a fuel for the growing fuel cell energy generation market.
Aerospace As a fuel gas for spacecraft at ignition and to power spacecraft internal systems.
Iron and Steel and Non-ferrous metals – for quenching and as a protective atmosphere for heat treatment at very high temperatures such as in stainless steel manufacturing, and also to support plasma welding and cutting.
Oil and Gas To remove organic sulphur from crude oil, fuel oil, and gasoline to enhance its performance.
Glass Used with nitrogen to prevent oxidation of molten tin in the float glass lines and improve glass quality.