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TechnipFMC awarded HGU contract

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TechnipFMC has been awarded a contract by the state-owned Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd (HPCL) for a grassroot hydrogen generation unit (HGU). The project is part of the brownfield expansion for HPCL’s Visakh Refinery Modernisation Project located in Visakhapatnam, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.

The contract covers 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.

This HGU is being installed to cater to the needs of HPCL Visakh refinery to enhance its refining capacity from 8.33 million tpy to 15 million tpy. TechnipFMC’s scope includes a HGU comprising two trains with a design capacity of 113 000 tpy each and a Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) unit of 36 000 tpy hydrogen production.

TechnipFMC advanced the application of its proprietary steam reforming technology beyond the conventional fired reformer by adding its TechnipFMC Parallel Reformer (TPR®), a convective, high temperature heat exchange reformer. This combination reduces overall firing demand by taking high temperature heat from the effluent of the conventional reformer to supply heat needed for the TPR. In addition, the design includes a power generation unit that utilizes excess steam, making the plant electrically self-sufficient.

TechnipFMC previously executed two HGUs for HPCL and has a strong presence in India. The company is a global leader in the design and supply of hydrogen plants, with more than 270 built worldwide.

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