Foster Wheeler to upgrade Thai refinery

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, May 11
-- Thai Oil Co. Ltd. has let a contract to a Foster Wheeler AG subsidiary for an upgrade of its 193,000-b/d refinery at Sriracha, Thailand.

The Foster Wheeler unit will handle basic design engineering and engineering, procurement, and construction management of a project that will enable the refinery to run higher-sulfur crudes, convert fuel oil into lighter products, and lower emissions of sulfur oxides.

The firm will apply deep-cut vacuum technology and install sour-gas handling facilities including a sulfur recovery unit and a tail-gas treatment unit. It also will expand hydrogen production capacity, now about 28.8 MMcfd via steam reforming of methane, by installing a pressure-swing adsorption unit.

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