Catalytic reforming is a chemical process used to convert heavier naphtha (typically having low octane ratings) into high-octane liquid products called reformates. The process converts low-octane linear hydrocarbons (paraffins) into branched alkanes (isoparaffins) and cyclic naphthenes, which are then partially dehydrogenated to produce high-octane aromatic hydrocarbons. The dehydrogenation also produces significant amounts of byproduct hydrogen gas, which is fed into other refinery processes such as hydrocracking.  During catalytic reforming the catalytic reformer hydrogen recycle compressors circulates the hydrogen at 5 – 45 bara through a set of heaters and catalytic reactors. The Process Gas Compressor solution from Burckhardt Compression is designed to fully comply with the demanding requirements to recycle compressors of the catalytic reforming plant.


Longest mean time between overhaul

Burckhardt Compression offers its compressor solutions as complete turn-key installations, engineered packages or bare frame compressors. As a compressor OEM with more than 170 years of experience we have been setting standards for leading valves and sealing technology. With our broad in-house expertise we are able to select the ideal components for longest mean time between overhaul (MTBO) of your catalytic reforming recycle compressor solutions. This results in maximized uptime of the catalytic reforming plant and maximized refinery yields.