For gasoline focused refineries the Catalytic Reformer unit plays a critical role in meeting gasoline pool octane requirements.  Down time or poor reformer performance will result in substantial revenue losses.

We understand that such critical services require quality, reliable products based on years of operational experience to deliver the performance required.

Catalytic reforming process

Catalytic reforming is a process to reform hydrotreated naphtha feed into high octane gasoline to meet today’s requirement for high efficiency, high compression engines.

Reforming is the result of several simultaneous reactions.  The most important products are aromatics which can be used as high-octane blending components or petrochemicals.

Naphtha feed is mixed with hydrogen and heated before entering the reactor section. The reactor effluent is cooled and sent to a low-pressure flash drum to separate the hydrogen-rich gas for reuse in the process.

The separator bottoms product still contains a significant fraction of light gases and lighter hydrocarbons, so the liquid is sent to a fractionator called a stabilizer (or debutanizer).  The stabilizer bottoms stream is reformate product.  The overhead butanes and lighter fractions are sent to the saturated gas plant.

With an extraction step (either advance GT-BTX Extractive Distillation or old liquid-liquid extraction), the reformate can also be a source of bulk aromatic chemicals such as benzene, toluene, xylenes used in the manufacture of plastics.

Fully compliant API 610 reformer feed and reflux pumps designed for 3 years uninterrupted operation deliver long term reliable performance for such key processing units.

Catalytic reforming process

Pumping solutions
  • OHH overhung single stage pumps
    The OHH is our API 610 (ISO 13709) type OH2 overhung, horizontal, centerline mounted, single stage, radially split process pump.

  • OHHL low flow high head pumps
    The OHHL is our API 610 (ISO 13709) type OH2 low-flow horizontal overhung process pump. It covers the low-flow end of the OHH range map.

  • PRE end suction pump range
    The PRE is our API 610 (ISO 13709) Type OH2 overhung, horizontal, centerline mounted, single stage, radially split process pump. The highly configurable design offers reliability, high efficiency and minimum pump life cycle cost.

  • MSD axially split multistage pump
    The MSD pump has the broadest hydraulic coverage of any BB3 type multistage pump in the market. There are over 10 000 MSD pumps installed in product pipelines, boiler feed, water injection and even nuclear safety-related services around the globe.

  • GSG diffuser style barrel pump
    The GSG pump is the least costly form of ISO 13709 / API 610 Type BB5 high-pressure barrel pumps. The GSG back-to-back rotor stack is supplied on low- density services where rotor stability is critical.
Separation technology
  • Sulzer Plus tray technology
    Our high performance trays, VGPlus™ and UFMPlus™ combine high capacity tray decks and advanced chordal downcomer technology for high column loads.

  • Shell tray technology
    The exclusive alliance with Shell Global Solutions enables us to offer the complete range of Shell tray technology with multi-downcomer principle for high liquid loads to you.

  • Floating valve trays
    Floating valve trays are used in applications where higher turndown ratios are required. We can provide trays with round valves or our proprietary BDH™ and UFM™ valves.
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