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Foster Wheeler win Kazakhstan refinery contract

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Foster Wheeler AG has announced that a subsidiary of its Global Engineering and Construction Group has been awarded a contract by Marubeni Corporation for the engineering and material supply of a new terrace wall steam reformer heater, including an air preheating system, for the KazMunayGaz oil refinery in Atyrau, Kazakhstan. The value of the contract has not been disclosed but will be included in the company’s first quarter 2014 bookings.


The steam reformer will be part of a hydrogen production unit with a capacity of 24 000 m3/hr to be built at the refinery. The hydrogen plant is based on Foster Wheeler’s hydrogen technology. Foster Wheeler’s scope of work is scheduled to be complete in April next year.

The contract was awarded by Marubeni on behalf of the SINOPEC Engineering Group/Marubeni/KazStroyService consortium executing the engineering, procurement and construction of the refinery modernisation project.

The product

The terrace wall reformer is characterised by a firing arrangement and sloped wall radiant section design that, together, enable long catalyst tube life 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 emissions standards worldwide.

Adapted from press release by Claira Lloyd

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