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Foster Wheeler wins contract to supply steam reformer heater technology at Kazakh oil refinery

29th May 2014

Foster Wheeler has announced that its subsidiary has been awarded a contract by Marubeni Corporation for the engineering and material supply of a new steam reformer heater, including an air preheating system, for the KazMunayGaz oil refinery located at Atyrau, Kazakhstan

Foster Wheeler has supplied over 200 steam reformers to the refining and petrochemical industries in more than 40 countries worldwide
Foster Wheeler has supplied over 200 steam reformers to the refining and petrochemical industries in more than 40 countries worldwide

The steam reformer will be part of a hydrogen production unit with a capacity of 24,000 normal cubic meters per hour 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 completed in April 2015.

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. Foster Wheeler has supplied over 200 steam reformers to the refining and petrochemical industries in more than 40 countries worldwide.

The value of Foster Wheeler’s contract was not disclosed and was included in the company’s first-quarter 2014 bookings.

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.

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