Linde Engineering executives attended a recent inauguration of the first plant engineered and built based on Linde’s HYDROPRIME® Max technology.

Anders Ygeman, Swedish Minister of Energy (right) with Odessa Mann, President of Linde Engineering’s Hydro-Chem business, and Andreas Brox, Head of Business Development and Sales for Linde Engineering, at the official inauguration of the first plant engineered and built based on Linde’s HYDROPRIME® Max technology

The plant, installed for PREEM Refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden, is an 18,500 Nm3h hydrogen plant. HYDROPRIME® Max is a standardised product technology owned by Hydro-Chem, a subsidiary of Linde Engineering North America.

This technology is based on a modular skid design with a box-type reformer that offers schedule and cost benefits for the overall construction of the plant.

Along with the commercial advantages this technology provides, the project benefits from collaboration between Selas-Linde, the Linde Adsorption group, Hydro-Chem and Linde Engineering India, with Hydro-Chem as contract leader.

The plant, operational since 15th March 2019, included all required auxiliaries: water treatment unit, Glycol Cooling Unit, and hydrogen product compressors.

PREEM is the largest fuel company in Sweden, with a refining capacity of more than 18 million m³ of crude oil every year. PREEM has expressed their interest to Linde for a second plant, based on the same concept, with that plant expected to begin operation in 2022.

Georgia-based Hydro-Chem has been providing modular hydrogen plants since 1975, and has installed over 250 worldwide.