Russia: Expert Solutions Haldor Topsoe to Supply Hydrogen Technology for Novatek’s Maiden Refinery
The company’s Convection Reformer technology will be used for producing hydrogen at Novatek’s refinery in Ust-Luga, Russia. The specialised innovation requires a small footprint and can be installed quickly at the site.
Russia – The hydrogen plant is slated to begin operation in the second quarter of 2020, and basic engineering has already begun. Topsoe delivers all equipment, including pressure swing adsorption and water treatment units, as well as training of Novatek’s operators. The preassembled skid-mounted Haldor Topsoe Convection Reformer (HTCR) unit supports tight construction deadlines because it can be installed at the site much faster than traditional top-fired designs.
The proprietary HTCR technology is industrially proven in many plants in the range 5,000-50,000 Nm3/hour hydrogen around the world. It can be applied as a grassroots hydrogen supply or an add-on unit in parallel to an existing plant. In Russia, UCC Shchekinoazot, AO Kuibyshev Refinery, Taneco Refinery, and Antipinsky Refinery are among the companies operating Topsoe HTCR hydrogen plants.
Many refineries demand more hydrogen to help better utilisation of oil fractions and compliance with stricter regulations. Other applications for medium-sized hydrogen plants based on HTCR include specialty chemicals and the metallurgical industry.
When the hydrocracking complex is completed, Novatek – Ust-Luga will increase production of kerosene, diesel, and naphtha due to deep conversion of atmospheric residue after distillation of stable gas condensate.