Malaysia’s RAPID to have gigantic hydrogen plant
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, October 20, 2015

French oil engineering group Technip said today it had won a contract from Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas to supply three hydrogen reformers at a production plant in Malaysia for Petronas.

Stan Knez, president of Technip Stone & Webster Process Technology, said the RAPID site “will be one of the largest hydrogen and syngas production facilities in the Asia Pacific region.”

Technip indicated the deal in Johor state for state-owned Petronas’ Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project was “significant”; in the region of between €50 million (RM240 million) and €100 million.

The reformers, set to come on stream from 2018, allow production of hydrogen from methane using Technip’s top-fired steam methane reforming proprietary technology at Malaysia’s largest greenfield downstream site.

In advance of supplying the reformers, Technip also worked on RAPID’s front-end engineering design.

In a statement, Technip said the reformers project would be undertaken by Technip’s operational centre at Zoetermeer in The Netherlands, “a centre of excellence for hydrogen and syngas technology”.

The firm added that it has licensed more than 260 hydrogen production units globally to date.