Hydrogen Production Technip to Supply Proprietary Reformer for Hydrogen Plant

Editor: M.A. Manja Wühr

The Star Aegean Refinery in Izmir/Turkey is currently under construction. At the same time a hydrogen plant is to be built in the direct vicinity. The reformer will be delivered by Technip.

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Paris/France – Technip has been awarded a lump sum contract to supply its proprietary technology, detailed engineering and procurement services for a reformer for a hydrogen plant. The plant is located near the Star Aegean Refinery to be built in Izmir, Aliaga, Turkey. The grassroots refinery is foreseen to come on-stream in 2018.

The reformer, which is the heart of a hydrogen plant, will produce 160,000 Nm3/h of hydrogen product and high quality export steam to be used by the refinery. In this device a fossil fuel reacts with steam at high temperatures in the presence of a catalyst to produce hydrogen. Hydrogen is widely used in petroleum refining processes to remove impurities found in crude oil such as sulfur, olefins and aromatics to meet the product fuels specifications.

Steam Methane Reforming Technology

The reformer project will be executed by Technip’s office in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands, a Technip center of excellence in hydrogen technology. After having provided basic engineering for the complete hydrogen plant, the company will now carry out the detailed engineering and supply of the reformer, based on Technip’s proprietary top-fired steam methane reforming technology.

Stan Knez, President, Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology, commented: “We are delighted to continue our involvement with this project and see that the application of Technip’s proprietary technology is increasing our global footprint in refinery applications.”

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