UOP wins technology deal for hydrogen production at new Sinochem refinery

UOP has been selected by Sinochem to provide technology to purify hydrogen at a new refinery in China.

Sinochem. will use two of UOP’s Polybed PSA (pressure swing adsorption) systems to produce high-purity hydrogen at its new refinery.

The hydrogen will be used for the production of clean transportation fuels, including diesel, gasoline and jet fuel, in the new 12 million tpy refinery.

"Reliable technology that maximizes hydrogen recovery helps optimize 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."

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.

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