Air Liquides hydrogen production plant in Rotterdam, The
Netherlands, needed some new process gas compressors. So the
company placed a call to Burkhardt Compression that resulted in
three new p
rocess gas compressors being delivered in April to the plant.
The responsible contractor for the project is Air Liquides
subsidiary Lurgi GmbH.
The compressors will be used to maintain the hydrogen pipeline
pressure at 100 bar.
Extensive life cycle cost analysis among several suppliers have
shown that the offered
compressors will minimize the operating cost and maximize the
meantime between overhaul.
This requires special knowledge in the dry-running technology, an accurate material
the specific operating conditions as well as reliability and high availability
for the equipment offered.
Commissioning of the process gas compressors is scheduled to be
completed in early 2011.
The hydrogen will be generated from steam reforming of methane
(reacting methane with steam to form hydrogen and carbon monoxide). The plant will
also be connected to Air Liquides Northern European hydrogen network, which
includes eight hydrogen generation units and over 900 km of