Venezuelan refinery outsources new hydrogen plant

Thomas C. Bailey BOC Gases Inc. Murray Hill, N.J. John W. Hemmings Foster Wheeler Power Systems Inc. Clinton, N.J. In September 1997, the largest South American hydrogen facility started up at the Amuay refining complex of Petroleos de Venezuela SA (Pdvsa). The new plant, engineered, built, owned, and operated by a joint venture between BOC Gases Inc. and Foster Wheeler Power Systems Inc., can supply up to 50 MMscfd of hydrogen. Located on the Paraguana peninsula in northwest Venezuela, the Pdvsa Amuay refinery is one of the world's largest refineries, capable of processing up to 571,000 b/d of crude oil. Faced with the need to meet stringent Cl...

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