LLC NOVATEK has chosen the Haldor Topsoe Convection Reformer (HTCR) for hydrogen (H2) production at their refinery in Ust-Luga, Russia.

The H2 plant is to begin operation in the second quarter of 2020 and basic engineering has already begun. Topsoe, headquartered in Denmark, delivers all equipment, including pressure swing adsorption and water treatment units, as well as training of NOVATEK’s operators. The preassembled skid-mounted HTCR unit support tight construction deadlines because it can be installed at the site much faster than traditional top-fired designs.

“It is a top priority for our company to bring down construction time with no compromise on technological excellence. Topsoe’s HTCR H2 plant met our demands because is exceptionally compact, highly efficient, and industrially proven. In addition, the modular design brings down installation time and cost considerably. Also, HTCR met our demand for minimal water consumption,” says A.V. Panov, First Deputy General Director and Chief Engineer, LLC NOVATEK – Ust-Luga.

The proprietary HTCR technology is industrially proven in many plants in the range 5,000-50,000 Nm3/hour H2 around the world. It can be applied as a grassroots H2 supply or an add-on unit in parallel to an existing plant. In Russia, UCC Shchekinoazot, AO Kuibyshev Refinery, TANECO Refinery, and Antipinsky Refinery are among the companies operating Topsoe HTCR H2 plants.

Many refineries demand more H2 to help better utilisation of oil fractions and compliance with stricter regulations. Other applications for medium-sized H2 plants based on HTCR include specialty chemicals and the metallurgical industry.

When the hydrocracking complex is completed, LLC NOVATEK – Ust-Luga will increase production of kerosene, diesel, and naphtha due to deep conversion of atmospheric residue after distillation of stable gas condensate.