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Distributor / authorized representative that deals with supply & delivery of reformer furnaces to industrial enterprises of Russia

Engineering company ‘Intech GmbH’ LLC (ООО «Интех ГмбХ»), Russia, has been successfully working with a number of Russian industrial enterprises at the local market for more than 20 years. Since the company’s founding, it has acquired immense engineering experience, market reputation, and has realized more than a hundred large-scale projects at the industrial plants in Russia. Our company is continuously in search of new business partners, who consider Russian market investment-attractive and want to boost their sales in the region, as well as expand their field of activities and enter a new international level.

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We are interested in cooperation with the manufacturers of reformer furnaces, who are looking for an official and reliable distributor that deals with supply & delivery of their equipment to the industrial plants in Russia.

The company’s top management and sales team are well acquainted with the Russian market, its mentality and laws; they also understand industrial specifics of the financial and economic activities of the Russian customers. All our sales managers have a large customer database, extensive experience of successful sales and well-established connections with the potential buyers of your reformer furnaces. This allows our managers to promptly set out the most promising directions for promotion and to ensure a rapid entry of the products into the promising Russian market. Our employees, who are fluent in English and German, are focused on working at the international market with the supplies of foreign equipment.

Our team of experienced engineers, who can handle the most serious technical problems, constantly keeps in touch with the Russian customers, holds meetings and delivers presentations regarding the latest achievements of our manufacturing partners. They point out the engineering challenges and actively communicate with all the departments at Russian plants. That is why the specifics of doing a business in the Russian Federation are well-known to us, and we also know the equipment of the local industrial plants and their up-to-date modernization needs.

Once we become your authorized representative in Russia, our marketing staff will carry out a market research in order to check the demand for reformer furnaces, will submit a market overview for reformer furnaces that you offer and evaluate the needs for this type of equipment at local plants. Our specialists will also estimate the potential and capacity of this market at local industrial plants. Our IT-team will start developing a website for your products in Russian. Our experts will assess the conformity between your reformer furnaces and customer needs as well as analyze the common reaction to the new goods in general. We will look into the categories of potential customers, and pick out the largest and the most promising plants.

Upon becoming your authorized agent on the territory of Russia, ‘Intech GmbH’ LLC (ООО «Интех ГмбХ»), will obtain certificates, if required, for a batch of the goods, for various types of reformer furnaces in compliance with Russian standards. We can also arrange the inspection in order to obtain TR TS 010 and TR TS 012 Certificates. These certificates provides permission to operate your equipment at all industrial plants of the EAEU countries (Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan), including the hazardous industrial facilities. Our company is eager to assist in issuing Technical Passports for reformer furnaces as per Russian and other EAEU countries’ requirements.

Our engineering company ‘Intech GmbH’ LLC (ООО «Интех ГмбХ»), collaborates with several Russian design institutes in various industrial segments, which allows us to conduct preliminary design as well as subsequent design works according to the standards, construction rules and regulations that are applicable in Russia and other CIS countries. It also enables us to include your reformer furnaces into the future projects.

The Company has its own logistics department that can provide packing service, handling as well as the most efficient and cost effective mode of transportation of the goods (incl. over dimensional and overweight goods). The goods can be delivered on DAP or DDP-customer’s warehouse basis in full compliance with all the relevant regulations and requirements that are applicable on the Russian market.

Our company has its own certified specialists who will carry out installation supervision and commissioning of the delivered equipment, as well as further guarantee and post-guarantee maintenance of reformer furnaces. They will also provide necessary training and guidance for the customer’s personnel.

Reforming types

There are two major types of reforming: thermal and catalytic. Thermal reforming is a conversion of appropriate fractions of primary oil distillation into high-octane gasolines induced by high temperatures only. In more advanced catalytic reforming, conversion of original raw material takes place with simultaneous application of process catalysts and high temperatures. While the catalytic reforming is a more effective option, thermal reforming remains in use due to its lower cost; however, in developed countries, it has been almost completely expelled from petrochemical industry.

In the course of the catalytic reforming process, the catalyst gradually loses its activity and needs regeneration or replacement. Therefore, three options are considered for the chemical process arrangement:

1) regeneration from time to time;

regeneration from time to time

2) cyclic regeneration;

cyclic regeneration

3) continuous regeneration.

continuous regeneration

For the first option, reforming takes place in continuous mode over the stationary layer of catalyst; no regeneration is provided for this layer, and it must be replaced from time to time. For the second option, the stationary layer of catalyst is also used; however, unlike the first option, the layer is regenerated. If several reactors are used, regeneration can be carried out both simultaneously in all devices (the process has to be suspended for this purpose) and alternately, when a device is taken out from the process, one by one, for catalyst replacement, while the reforming process itself is not stopped. If the third option is used, a reactor is provided with a supplementary regeneration unit; in this configuration, the catalyst is being continuously circulated between the reactor and the regeneration unit; and, as a result, catalyst regeneration is possible while the production is not stopped.

The service life of a platinum catalyst is significantly reduced by impurities that can be found in the raw material, such as as nitrogen, sulfur, lead and other substances that are catalytic poisons. Molecules of catalytic poisons interact with active centers of catalysts, significantly reducing their effectiveness or resulting in catalyst poisoning (deactivation). If such substances are found in a raw material for reforming, this material, before being placed into the reactor, must be pre-treated by hydrofining with hydrogen. This process is arranged as follows: straight-run gasolines are passed through a gas containing hydrogen. During this process, harmful impurities are bounded; as a result, their concentration in raw material is reduced to an admissible level.

To extract aromatic hydrocarbons from liquid reforming products, various non-standard methods are used because the boiling temperature of naphthenic and paraffinic hydrocarbons is close to the boiling temperature of aromatic hydrocarbons. To extract toluene, benzene and mixture of xylenes, liquid extraction with sulfolanes and polyethylene glycols is used. Such individual hydrocarbons as С8 and С9 are extracted by crystallization, adsorption and (in some cases) superfractionating.

Reforming catalysts

For reforming, bifunctional catalysts are used in the form of porous promoted aluminum oxide, with platinum alloys or small-size platinum crystals applied on it. Oxide and metal areas in catalysts serve as active centers. Such reactions as hydrogenolysis, hydrogenation, dehydrogenation and, partially, dehydrocyclization take place on a metal component. An oxide component is a catalyst for such reactions as hydrocracking, isomerization and, partially, dehydrocyclization. At enterprises in Russia, catalysts in the form of aluminum oxide promoted by chlorine or fluorine are used for reforming. Also, when a catalyst is made, platinum (sometimes in combination with metal promotor) is uniformly distributed on it. To suppress hydrogenolysis reactions, catalysts are sulfurated.

Operating characteristics of catalysts considered as the most important are selectivity, activity and stability. So, for reforming, catalyst must provide maximum output of hydrogen and liquid products (maximum selectivity). At the same time, hydrocarbon aromatization reactions must be as deep as possible, while the catalyst activity in hydrogenolysis and hydrocracking must be minimal. Otherwise, content of gaseous hydrocarbons in a raw material will grow and the end product output will decrease.

Under certain conditions, octane rating of a product (from conversion of an original raw material) or the product’s content of aromatic hydrocarbons can be considered as the reforming effectiveness indices.

Catalyst stability means its capability to keep its initial selectivity and activity within a period of time. In other words, the reforming catalyst must have sufficient aggregate service life and sufficient cycle length between regenerations. One more important characteristic of a catalyst’s stability is high wear resistance, especially against abrasion and crushing. If there is no sufficient mechanical strength, dust and debris will be accumulated in pipelines and a device of the reforming plant, resulting in growth of pressure difference and hindered flow of gaseous mixtures in the system.

Deactivation (poisoning) of platinum catalyst can also be caused by such factors as reduction of catalyst dispersity, coke deposits and accumulation of catalytic poisons that cannot be removed. The former causes can be eliminated by application of oxidizing regeneration followed by platinum treatment using organochlorine compounds in oxidizing environment at high temperatures. As for catalytic poisons, these are the compounds of lead, copper and arsenic that react with platinum and, as a result, the catalyst’s functions of hydrogenation and dehydrogenation are impaired. If a catalyst is poisoned by metals, it quickly cokes up, and it does not restore its activity after regeneration. Hence, the permissible content of aforementioned compounds in an original product is 0.3 mg/kg but not higher, while content of sulfur and nitrogen compounds may be 10-20 mg/kg and up to 1 mg/kg respectively.

Principal reforming reactions

Production of high-octane gasolines by catalytic reforming is possible in several reactions increasing the octane rating. These reactions include:

  1. formation of benzene-like aromatic molecules from heavy paraffinic hydrocarbons due to fiber peeling;
  2. conversion of linear paraffinic hydrocarbons into branched isomers;
  3. dehydrogenation of cyclic saturated hydrocarbons (naphthenes) followed by their conversion into aromatic molecules;
  4. hydrocracking of paraffinic hydrocarbons into light fractions with high octane rating.

Reactions that take place on reforming catalysts fundamentally change the hydrocarbon composition of gasoline fractions. In this process, aromatization of hydrocarbons under treatment has the highest priority. The final stage of aromatic hydrocarbons’ formation takes place during the alkylcyclohexanes dehydrogenation phase. Dehydrocyclization of heavy paraffinic hydrocarbons has an intermediate stage of formation of alkylcyclohexanes (followed by dehydrogenation) and alkylcyclopentanes. Paraffinic hydrocarbons are isomerized by reforming catalysts during the intermediate stage of formation of carbonium ions and slightly-branched isomers. Isomerization of alkylcyclopentanes into alkylcyclohexanes is also among the principal reforming reactions.

In certain cases, reforming is carried out with hydrogenolysis of heavy paraffinic hydrocarbons; due to this reaction, gaseous hydrocarbons, such as methane, can be produced. This reaction takes place on metal areas of catalyst used in reforming. Paraffinic and naphthenic hydrocarbons pass through the hydrocracking; this reaction takes place on acidic areas of catalyst. However, initial and final stages of hydrocracking, when olefins are produced and decomposition products are hydrogenated, take place on metal areas of catalyst. This is caused by their hydrogenating and dehydrogenating functions.

Moreover, under the conditions of catalytic reforming, there are several reactions that hardly affect the final formation of major products of the process though they have a significant impact on stability and activity of catalysts. They include the reaction of decomposition of chlorine-containing, nitrogenous and sulfurous compounds as well as reactions resulting in coke formation on the catalyst. The background for the coke formation process is the catalyst coking, the surface compaction reaction reducing the activity and worsening the selectivity.

Moreover, coking is affected by such factors as catalyst poisoning by catalytic poisons, reduction of hydrogen versus original raw material molar ratio, drop of partial pressure, imbalance of acidic and hydrogenating functions of catalyst and conversion of raw materials with high content of heavy and light hydrocarbons. It is assumed that the quickest reforming reaction is the reaction of dehydrogenation of cyclohexane and its chemical compounds into aromatic hydrocarbons. The reaction of dehydrocyclization of paraffinic hydrocarbons is the slowest. Dehydrocyclization as well as hydrocracking can be accelerated by maximum possible temperature rise.

Sulfurous compounds, depending on their structure, are converted during the reforming into aromatic, naphthenic or paraffinic hydrocarbons absorbing hydrogen and releasing hydrogen sulfide. Nitrogen-containing compounds on a catalyst are converted into similar hydrocarbons; however, ammonia is released during this process. Reforming reactions during which aromatic hydrocarbons are produced from naphthenes and paraffins absorb heat. Hydrogenolysis and hydrocracking reactions are essentially exothermic, while isomerization of naphthenic and paraffinic hydrocarbons has almost zero thermal effect.

Heat-exchanger equipment

Upon becoming the official distributer of reformer furnaces, our company ‘Intech GmbH’ LLC (ООО «Интех ГмбХ»), carries out the following: finds the buyers of your products on the market, conducts technical and commercial negotiations with the customers regarding the supplies of your equipment, concludes contracts. Should a bidding take place, we will collect and prepare all the documents required for the participation, conclude all the necessary contracts for the supply of your equipment, as well as register the goods (reformer furnaces) and conduct customs clearance procedures. We will also register a certificate of transaction (Passport of Deal) required for all foreign trade contracts in the foreign currency control department of the authorized Russian bank so that currency transaction could be effected. If required, our company will implement an equipment spacing project in order to integrate your equipment into the existing or newly built production plant.

We are convinced that our company ‘Intech GmbH’ LLC (ООО «Интех ГмбХ»), will become your reliable, qualified and efficient partner & distributor in Russia.

We are always open for cooperation, so let’s move forward together!

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