A subsidiary of Swiss engineering and construction firm, Foster Wheeler AG, has been awarded a contract for the engineering design of a new hydrogen production unit to be based in Kazakhstan.

The contract was awarded to Foster Wheeler by OJSC Omskneftekhimproekt; the project engineering contractor for the Deep Oil Conversion Complex.

According to contract terms, Foster Wheeler will be responsible for the basic engineering design of a new hydrogen production unit at the Atyrau Refinery. In doing so, the Swiss firm will utilise its trademark Terrace-Wall steam reforming technology when assisting.

Although the contract value remains undisclosed, it was incorporated into Foster Wheeler’s first quarter 2011 bookings.

The new hydrogen unit has been commissioned in an effort to increase the oil conversion rate and production of all types of motor fuels to Euro IV and V standards. The facility will use high olefin LPG as the main feedstock and natural gas as the alternate feedstock. The plant will produce 24,000 cubic meters per hour of pure hydrogen.

Foster Wheeler’s part in the process is scheduled for completion during the third quarter of 2011.