SMR: Driving down costs in hydrogen production


The global demand for refinery hydrogen has increased significantly over the past decade due to changes in available crude feedstocks and tighter environmental regulations, which have forced the refining industry to reduce sulfur, olefins and aromatics content in transportation fuels.

This, coupled with the continued growth in diesel demand, means that refiners are investing heavily in both hydrotreating and hydrocracking facilities, and are constantly looking for access to low-cost, reliable sources of high-purity hydrogen.

Foster Wheeler pioneered the high-pressure Steam Methane Reforming (SMR) plant design and developed its patented Terrace WallTM reformer furnace in the early 1960s. This design has been continuously updated and improved to ensure the highest reliability of any reformer on the market, while incorporating many features that improve plant efficiency, lower maintenance costs, simplify operations, and enhance plant safety.

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