German gas generation plant specialists, Caloric GmbH, has been awarded two separate contracts to supply methanol cracking plants to customers in both China and Turkmenistan.

Firstly, the plant being delivered to China will be tested and pre-assembled in Germany, which will take 10 months, before being shipped out.

It will be able to produce 2000 Nm3 per hour of hydrogen (H2) via methanol reforming, which will be passed through its pressure swing adsorption (PSA) unit to ensure H2 purity levels of 99.999%.

Methanol reformer.

Source: Caloric

This new plant will circulate inert burner offgas, instead of traditionally using thermal oil as a heat transfer fluid, thus eliminating extra associated costs, reducing fuel consumption, and increasing the system’s efficiency, as the typical heat transfer between offgas and oil is removed.

A press released confirmed of Caloric’s latest technology, “As the plant has to operate continuously during the whole year – and a plant shut down leads directly to losses in production – those key benefits provided by Caloric’s H2 plant and Caloric’s team are highly valued.”

The customer in China was not named but it is understood that this will be the fourth plant in the past eight years supplied to the same customer.

On the other hand, the new tender for the delivery of Caloric’s methanol cracking plant to Turkmenistan will be the first to the country for the German corporation.

The plant will be installed in a remote location in the Central Asian country and will produce approximately 2,500 Nm3 per hour of H2 from syngas

With the experience of 100 installed H2 generation plants and continuous investment in research and development, Caloric is in the position to provide state-of-the-art technology for the customer’s actual needs

 

This plant will primarily be used for the start-up of a gas to gasoline unit and will use hot oil as the heating method of choice, as the plant will not be continuously operating throughout the year.

Again, the customer’s identity in Turkmenistan was not disclosed, but the press release stated, “Caloric’s flexible operating project team has been able to win this project by designing the plant in close cooperation with the customer.”

“With the experience of 100 installed H2 generation plants and continuous investment in research and development, Caloric is in the position to provide state-of-the-art technology for the customer’s actual needs.”