February 2003

Special Report: Clean Fuels

Refinery hydrogen management – the big picture

Hydrogen network operating decisions affect the bottom line every day, but most refineries do not apply the tools that could dramatically increase profitability

Huycke, R., UOP N.V.; Zagoria, A., UOP LLC

Hydrogen has always played an important role in oil refining, but refiners today are finding that it is one of the most critical challenges facing them as they plan production of clean fuels. In addition, hydrogen management practices significantly impact operating costs, refinery margin and CO2 emissions. Therefore, an effective hydrogen management program must address refinery-wide issues in a systematic, comprehensive way. Managing hydrogen more effectively has been found to improve refinery profitability by millions of dollars a year, and often enables the refiner to avoid the capital cost of new hydrogen production. The hydrogen system consists of hydrogen producers, hydrogen purifi

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