Coal gasification technology for hydrogen refinery

The Chinese petrochemicals supplier, Lihuayi Group, has selected GE’s advanced coal gasification technology to help increase refinery hydrogen production at the Lijin petrochemical plant near Dongying city in Shandong Province.

As part of the Lijin Phase II expansion project, the gasification technology provided by GE will allow the refinery to produce more hydrogen to improve the quality of its petrochemical products. GE is providing two 45 bar, 450 ft3 gasifiers that will supply approximately 1.78 million m3 /d of syngas for refinery hydrogen production.

“Boosting hydrogen production to improve the quality of our petroleum products supports our goal to increase the efficiency and reduce the environmental impacts of our production activities, which also will help strengthen the refinery’s competitive position,” commented Li Yusheng, general manager of the Lihuayi Group. “GE’s gasification technology contributed a great deal towards the success of our Phase I OXO project, and I believe this reliable technology will play a vital role in enhancing our leading position in refinery hydrogen production.”

Emission reduction demands

The Lijin plant has already installed GE’s coal gasification technology for the first phase of the refinery, enabling the facility to produce syngas used for oxo aldehyde production. Thanks to the success of Phase I, Lihuayi has opted for GE’s gasification technology for the Phase II hydrogen expansion project.

“GE’s gasification technology and engineering services have gained a very positive reputation in the refinery industry, while Lihuayi takes a leading role in refining-chemical integration in China,” said Yang Dan, general manager, Power Generation China at GE Power & Water. “That’s why GE’s gasification technology is ideally suited to support this expansion project and will help gasoline and diesel products produced by the Lihuayi upgrade meet the National V Standard and energy savings and emission-reduction demands.”

Phase II is expected to begin operation in 2015.