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Technip to supply services for Star hydrogen plant in Turkey

Technip has secured a contract to supply its technology, detailed engineering and procurement services for a reformer for a hydrogen plant located near the $5.3bn Star Aegean Refinery to be built by Socar in Izmir, Aliaga, Turkey.

The reformer will have the capacity to produce 160,000 Nm³/h of hydrogen product and export steam which would be used by the refinery.

After providing basic engineering for the complete hydrogen plant, Technip will now perform the detailed engineering and supply of the reformer using its top-fired steam methane reforming technology.

Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology president Stan Knez said: “We are delighted to continue our involvement with this project and see that the application of Technip’s proprietary technology is increasing our global footprint in refinery applications.”

The company’s office located in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands will execute the reformer project.

The oil refinery is expected to be fully operational by March 2018 and will process 214,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

Once operational, the refinery is expected to produce ultra low-sulphur diesel and jet fuel to substitute the imports of these products into Turkey.

In May 2014, Socar signed a contract with commercial and investment banks, including export-import banks of the US, Japan, South Korea, Spain and Italy, and development banks for allocation of $3.29bn for the refinery construction.

The refinery is being built to supply feedstock to petrochemicals manufacturer Petkim.

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