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Steam Reformer Foster Wheeler Supplies Steam Reformer Heater to Kazakhstan

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

Foster Wheeler's Global Engineering and Construction subsidiary provides a new Terrace Wall steam reformer heater for a refinery project in Kazakhstan. The proprietary Terrace Wall technology combines high flexibility with long catalysts life, the company states.

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Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract for Terrace Wall Steam Reformer Heater in Kazakhstan
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Atyrau/Republic of Kazakhstan – The steam reformer will be part of a hydrogen production unit with a capacity of 24,000 normal cubic meters per hour to be built at the refinery in Atyrau, Kazakhstan. The whole hydrogen train is based on Foster Wheeler’s hydrogen technology and expected to completed in 2015.

The Terrace Wall reformer is characterized by a firing arrangement and sloped-wall radiant section design that, together, enable long catalyst tube life (often in excess of 100,000 hours) and deliver the flexibility to extend a reformer's operating envelope, Foster Wheeler states. This often allows production of hydrogen in excess of the design capacity of the hydrogen production unit, which may in turn deliver additional economic benefits. Foster Wheeler's reformers can operate with ultra-low-NOx burners to meet tightening environmental emission standards worldwide. The company has already supplied over 200 Terrace Wall steam reformers to the refining and petrochemical industries in more than 40 countries worldwide. The recent contract was awarded by Marubeni on behalf of a Sinopec /Marubeni/KazStroyService consortium executing the engineering, procurement and construction of the refinery modernization project.

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