European company selected to build hydrogen plant in McPherson

A European company has been awarded the contract to build a hydrogen plant at the NCRA refinery in McPherson as part of a $327 million plant expansion.

Paris-based Technip, in consortium with its construction partner Performance Contractors Inc. of Claremont, Calif., was awarded the contract for its high-efficiency top-fired steam reformer, which will produce high-purity hydrogen and export steam, according to a company news release.

The equipment includes the latest nitrogen oxide reduction technology to ensure minimum emissions from the gasoline production, the company stated.

The contract covers engineering, fabrication, supply, installation, pre-commissioning and start-up assistance. Completion is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015.

The 40 million-cubic-feet-per-day hydrogen plant is part of a multi-year expansion project announced last year. The project will allow NCRA to expand production from about 87,000 to 100,000 barrels of gasoline per day and enable it to use heavy, sour Canadian crude.

“We are pleased to have been awarded this project, which is our third for NCRA at this site,” said Stan Knez, Technip’s senior vice president for process technology. “Previously, we provided a 34 million-standard-cubic-foot-per-day hydrogen plant and subsequently executed an expansion project on the same plant. This experience has given us a strong foundation upon which we will provide our technology and services for this important upgrade project.”

Technip previously also constructed a hydrogen plant by a Cenex Harvest States refinery in Laurel, Mont. It employs roughly 38,000 people in 48 countries.