Hydrogen is the most widely used industrial gas in the refining, chemical and petrochemical industries. Technip offers its well-known and proven technology for the industry’s hydrogen needs and has been consistently recognized as the market leader in the hydrogen field over the past decade. The Group has provided more than 260 hydrogen production plants worldwide, representing a market share of over 35%. Having built hydrogen-synthesis gas plants on every continent, we understand the need for flexibility not only in plant operation, but also in the scope of work and form of contract, ranging from reimbursable to lump sum turnkey projects.
Hydrogen Competence Centers
Within the Technip Group two Hydrogen Technology centers are active in the licensing of hydrogen technology and the design and implementation of hydrogen generation units.
Technip's center in Claremont, California, USA, is active in the Americas, part of the Middle East and countries in the Far East and South East Asia, notably Japan, Korea, Philipines and Singapore.
Technip's center in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands, is active in Europe, Africa, Middle-East , Far-East and S-E Asia/Pacific.
Technip's center in New Delhi, India supports the design and engineering of Hydrogen plants for projects executed by Technip's centers in Zoetermeer and Claremont.
Technip’s Hydrogen Product Line organization is responsible for the Hydrogen technology development and maintenance.
Air Products-Technip Alliance in Hydrogen
For 20 years, Air Products and Technip have participated in a cooperation agreement to supply hydrogen to the global refining industry on an “over-the-fence” or on-site basis. The alliance combines the strengths of Technip’s leading steam-methane reforming (SMR) technology and their broad plant design and execution expertise with Air Products’ extensive experience and technical capabilities resulting in efficient operation and leading edge reliability of hydrogen plants.
As industry leaders, Air Products and Technip bring the benefits of more than 120 cumulative years of hydrogen operating experience and designing of more than 260 hydrogen plants respectively. The alliance constantly aims for excellence through continuous improvement and best practice application, supported by extensive operational feedback from our global network of over 50 plants. Together we can provide our customers a hydrogen facility optimized around the unit cost of production and tailored solutions to the customers’ needs, while achieving world class health, safety, environmental (HSE) compliance and reliability.
The Air Products and Technip alliance has successfully executed 38 projects since 1992 resulting in more than 2.7 billion scfd (4,800 T/D or 3.0 million Nm3/hr) of capacity serving refiners worldwide. Air Products typically owns operates and maintains the facilities under a long-term contract with the customer, usually for a term of 15 to 20 years. The alliance has provided customers with superior plant technology, efficient and highly reliable plant performance and faster plant commissioning schedules.
Refinery Hydrogen Management
Technip holds a leading position on the world market thanks to its expertise in the design and execution of hydrogen production units, its steam reforming technology, its know-how in hydrogen purification and recovery systems combined with its 50+ years of experience in refining processes. This expertise has been brought together in HyNDTTM (Hydrogen Network Design Tool), Technip’s proprietary advanced refinery hydrogen management software system which allows refiners to establish an efficient, cost-effective and optimized hydrogen network architecture, that minimizes the refinery C-footprint.
HyNDTTM is an optimization tool which is structured around a virtual hydrogen management console to obtain an overview of the refinery H2 balance in order to identify and rank options to improve refinery hydrogen systems and increase the efficiency and profitability of the refinery. HyNDTTM is based on the most advanced LP Modelling techniques which allow detecting the optimum hydrogen make-up to meet the demand of all process units connected to a data network by matching hydrogen sources with appropriate sinks.
HyNDTTM console identifies producers and consumers of hydrogen in a refinery and then determines the best way to connect them so that hydrogen recovery is maximized. It enables the shaping or reshaping of new or existing refinery hydrogen systems by identifying potential hydrogen containing refinery off gas (ROG) streams for purpose of hydrogen recovery, assessing the capacity of dedicated H2 producers and evaluating H2 make-up quality for final users. It entails a comprehensive design methodology (H2 Network Analysis) involving all the associated hydrogen distribution costs relevant to each H2 recovery solution, in order to provide Capex / Opex evaluation for each prospective H2 network solution.
Technip, in cooperation with Johnson Matthey and OUP, organized its first Technical seminar on hydrogen plant operations in 1993 in the USA. The objective was to provide fundamental and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of hydrogen plant design and operations for our clients and end-users. Given the resounding success of this initiative, this seminar became an annual event. Since then, the growth of the hydrogen market led to the establishment of similar annual seminars in Europe (since 2000) and the Asia-Pacific (since 2010).
These three regional seminars offer a unique annual forum for the expertise and experience of the 3 companies while providing industry participants with an opportunity to interact and share experience. Seminar programs are designed to give comprehensive insight into all facets of hydrogen plants and are adapted each year based on the emerging needs of the hydrogen market and participant feedback.