Foster Wheeler has been awarded a contract for the basic
engineering design of a new hydrogen production unit, based on
the companys Terrace-Wall steam reforming technology, to be built at the
Atyrau refinery in Kazakhstan.
Atyrau is a member of the JS National Company
KazMunayGas group, which is the leading national
oil and gas company of Kazakhstan.
The contract was awarded to Foster Wheeler by OJSC
Omskneftekhimproekt, the project engineering contractor for
the deep oil conversion complex, a major revamp and modernization of the Atyrau refinery.
The main purpose of this project is to increase the oil
conversion rate and production of all types of motor fuels to
meet Euro IV and Euro V standards.
The refinery will, as a result of this
modernization, require additional
volumes of high-purity hydrogen.
The Foster Wheeler contract value was not disclosed and was
included in the companys first-quarter 2011 bookings.
The new hydrogen unit, which will use high olefinic LPG as
the main feedstock and natural
gas as the alternate feedstock, will be designed to
produce 24,000 normal cubic meters/hour (Nm3 /h) of
The basic design package is scheduled for completion during
the third quarter of 2011.