UOP to purify hydrogen in Russia clean fuel refining

Honeywell’s UOP has been selected by Haldor Topsoe to provide technology to purify hydrogen from a steam reforming unit to be installed at the Antipinsky refinery in Tyumen, Russia.

The UOP Polybed PSA (pressure swing adsorption) system will recover and purify hydrogen to help the refinery meet the increasing need for clean transportation fuels such as diesel and gasoline, the companies said.

"UOP's hydrogen purification technology will allow the Antipinksy Refinery to meet today's challenge of producing cleaner fuels more efficiently," said Rebecca Liebert, vice president and general manager for gas processing and hydrogen at Honeywell's UOP.

"The impressive hydrogen recovery rates and proven reliability of our solution will help the refinery improve its profitability and ensure dependable operation,” she added.

The new hydrogen unit, which is scheduled to start up in 2013, is part of the refinery's plan to increase its capacity of crude oil processing by as much as 7 million tpy.

It will also enable the production of fuel products that meet the European Union's Euro-5 emission standards aimed at reducing emissions from light duty vehicles.

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.

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