Refinery Honeywell Scores Contract for UOP Technology
Honeywell's UOP technology will be employed at a Chinese refinery, the company stated. A new facility by Sinochem will use two UOP Polybed PSA Systems to recover and purify hydrogen to be used for clean fuels production.
Des Plaines, Illinois/USA – The new 12 million-ton-per-year refinery will use hydrogen for the production of clean transportation fuels, including diesel, gasoline and jet fuel. “Reliable technology that maximizes hydrogen recovery helps optimise hydrogen efficiency and improve return on investment,” said Rebecca Liebert, vice president and general manager for Gas Processing and Hydrogen at Honeywell’s UOP. “Hydrogen impacts a facility’s profitability in many ways, including product quality, yield and catalyst life, and we look forward to helping Sinochem maximize its return on investment.”
Hydrogen Technology for 12 Million-Ton-Per-Year Refinery
Refineries use hydrogen in the hydrocracking process to convert heavy oils to lighter, higher-value products such as transportation fuels. Hydrogen is also used in the hydrotreating process to remove contaminants and improve the quality of end products.
Two Polybed PSA Systems will be used to process hydrogen from different streams throughout the facility. The system processing feed from a steam reformer will produce 140,000 Nm3/h (normal cubic meters per hour) of hydrogen, and the system processing refinery off-gas will produce 110,000 Nm3/h of hydrogen. The facility, located in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China, is expected to start up in 2013.