Technip has been awarded a significant contract by CHS Inc., a US-based global agribusiness, to provide proprietary technology and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for a grassroots hydrogen plant in Laurel, Montana.
The 40,000 normal cubic meters per hour hydrogen plant will be located at the CHS Refinery in Laurel, as part of the company’s ongoing upgrades to boost efficiency, increase diesel production, and process additional crudes.
Technip’s operating centre in Claremont, California will execute the project, which is scheduled for completion in 2017. The contract is understood to be worth anywhere between €50-100m.
The plant’s design will utilise Technip’s high efficiency top-fired steam reforming technology to produce high purity hydrogen and export steam, as well as the latest nitrogen oxide reduction technology to ensure minimum emissions.
Stan Knez, President of Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology, commented, “With this key hydrogen project, we are pleased to continue our long-term relationship with CHS. The award reinforces Technip’s strategic focus on early involvement in projects with our steam reforming technology as a key differentiator.”
Technip has previously provided a steam reformer and a parallel reformer for the CHS Refinery in Laurel, and has also completed two hydrogen projects for the CHS Refinery in McPherson, Kansas.
Technip has a strong history in the field of hydrogen plants, and has been part of a global alliance with Air Products since 1992, when a paradigm shift in the refining business began to gain momentum as the industry moved toward outsourcing its hydrogen supply.
Air Products and Technip formed a global alliance designed to address the projected hydrogen demand, a partnership responsible for the construction of more than 35 SMR hydrogen plants in over 10 countries. Technip provides the design and construction expertise for SMRs, while Air Products provides the gas separation technology.
The alliance brought on-stream its largest world-scale capacity SMR in St. Charles, Louisiana in 2014, boasting a hydrogen capacity of 150 million standard cubic feet per day.
As recently as October (2015), Air Products revealed that it is to build a world-class SMR plant in Baytown, Texas as part of its alliance with Technip. The SMR and cold box will produce approximately 125 million standard cubic feet per day of hydrogen and a world-scale supply of carbon monoxide, and will be on-stream in 2018.