Work is progressing on The Linde Group’s new hydrogen production unit for Neste Oil’s Porvoo refinery in Finland, with Helsinki-based infrastructure solutions provider Caverion announcing that it has reached agreement to provide various aspects of the project build.

Caverion has made an agreement with Linde Engineering concerning mechanical installations and pipe, equipment and steel installations for the plant in the Kilpilahti industrial area of Porvoo, near Helsinki.

The project involves pre-fabricating and installing process piping for the new hydrogen reformer and completing equipment and steel installations. The installations began in August 2015 and will be complete in May 2016.

This is consistent with Linde’s previous expectations that the plant will be on-stream in 2016. As reported by gasworld, Linde revealed in April 2014 that it had agreed on a long-term on-site hydrogen supply contract with Neste Oil for its Porvoo refinery, at a joint investment value of around €100m.

The refinery already has two hydrogen production units, with the older one now due for replacement with this more efficient unit. Linde’s Engineering Division is building the turnkey plant while Linde’s North European subsidiary AGA will be responsible for the operation of the new unit.

The hydrogen will be produced from natural gas in a steam reforming process and used at the Porvoo refinery in many processes and products.

Refinery piping

Growing relationship

Caverion’s work on the hydrogen plant installation builds on an existing relationship the company has with The Linde Group, having previously cooperated on both the current hydrogen plant at the site and also an LNG terminal in Sweden.

Juhani Pitkäkoski, Executive Vice-President and CEO of Caverion’s Industrial Solutions Division, explained, “We have strong experience of similar, challenging projects. We worked with Linde to implement an LNG terminal in Sweden in 2013. Caverion was also involved in constructing the current hydrogen production unit in the Kilpilahti area approximately ten years ago.”

“Linde Engineering is a global company and we are happy to be able to deliver such a demanding project for them.”

Caverion noted that pre-fabricated parts for the project build are made at its own workshops in Ylivieska and Leppävirta.