TechnipFMC wins HPCL contract for India’s largest hydrogen unit

WCN Editorial Team 23 Jul 2018 ASIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

TechnipFMC, a UK-based company that is involved in subsea, onshore/offshore and surface projects, has won a contract from India’s state-owned Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL) for a grassroot hydrogen generation unit (HGU).

The contract is expected to be worth $250m to $500m.

The project is part of the brownfield expansion for HPCL’s Visakh Refinery Modernisation Project located in Visakhapatnam district in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Under the contract, TechnipFMC will provide various services, including project management, technology licensing, preparation of basic design and engineering package, as well as detailed engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and performance guarantee test run on a licensing, engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (LEPCC) basis.

The HGU will cater to the needs of HPCL Visakh Refinery to increase its refining capacity from 8.33mmtpa (million metric tonnes per annum) to 15mmtpa.

TechnipFMC’s scope of work includes an HGU comprising two trains with a design capacity of 113ktpa (kilo tonnes per annum) each and a pressure swing adsorption unit of 36ktpa hydrogen production.

The UK company has advanced the application of proprietary steam reforming technology beyond the conventional fired reformer by adding TechnipFMC Parallel Reformer (TPR) – a convective, high temperature heat exchange reformer.

This reduces overall firing demand by taking high temperature heat from the effluent of the conventional reformer to supply heat for the TPR.

The design also includes a power generation unit that will use excess steam, making the plant electrically self-sufficient.

TechnipFMC onshore/offshore business president Nello Uccelletti said: “Our proprietary steam reforming and TPR technologies were key differentiators in this award.

“By maximising energy efficiency, lowering feed consumption, reducing power import and minimising emissions, these technologies will enable us to provide HPCL with a self-sufficient HGU which is one of a kind in the industry.”

Earlier, TechnipFMC had executed two HGUs for HPCL. The company has so far designed and supplied more than 270 hydrogen plants worldwide.


Image: TechnipFMC won a contract to deliver a hydrogen generation unit at HPCL Visakh Refinery. Photo: courtesy of IM3847/

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