The Swiss conglomerate, Foster Wheeler AG has won a new contract with JSC Novo-Ufimsky Refinery, a subsidiary of the Russian Oil company Bashneft.

According to the latest agreement, Foster Wheeler will engineer and supply a Terrace Wall™ steam reformer heater and air preheating system for the Ufa refinery in the Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia. The contract value remains undisclosed, though it has been incorporated into the company’s fourth quarter 2010 fiscal reports.

The new device will be part of the 420 tonnes per day hydrogen production unit being built by JSC Novo-Ufimsky Refinery and will constitute one of the largest Terrace Wall™ steam reformers for hydrogen ever built by Foster Wheeler.

The plant utilises Foster Wheeler’s own hydrogen technology as well as its process design package. The company’s scope of work is scheduled to be completed in mid 2012, while the balance of the hydrogen plant engineering and construction will be undertaken by the client directly.

Foster Wheeler's Terrace Wall™ reformer is characterised by a firing arrangement and sloped-wall radiant section design that, together, enable long catalyst tube life (often in excess of 100,000 hours) and deliver the flexibility to extend a reformer's operating envelope. This often allows production of hydrogen in excess of the design capacity of the hydrogen production unit, which may in turn deliver additional economic benefits. Foster Wheeler's reformers can operate with ultra-low-NOx burners to meet tightening environmental emission standards worldwide.

Bashneft is one of Russia’s largest oil products producers. The company operates 140 oil and natural gas field in the region and owns three oil refineries in Ufa. These offer a combined capacity of 820,000 barrels per day and 100 petrol stations.