March 2002

Special Report: Petrochemical Developments

Improve your hydrogen potential

Retrofitting an existing plant can provide a cost-effective way to meet incremental demand for hydrogen

Ratain, S., Technip-Coflexip; Vales, C. F., Repsol YPF

Refiners will consume more hydrogen to produce cleaner and lighter fuels, which are mandated by current and possible future environmental regulations. How will this consistent demand for extra hydrogen be met? There are several potential solutions. It can be outsourced from over-the-fence suppliers. New hydrogen plants can be built onsite, but this option will involve substantial expenses. Another attractive option for refiners, who have an existing hydrogen plant, is retrofitting this unit with advanced processing technologies and catalyst systems that can incrementally raise hydrogen capacity. This option can provide additional hydrogen capacity at a lower cost. Equally impo

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