Steam reforming in refineries Johnson Matthey

The steam reformer furnace in a hydrogen plant is the most complex step in the production of hydrogen products - both in terms of the chemical and physical processes that occur and also in the design and operation of the unit.

Therefore, selecting the right catalyst for your application is essential for reliable and optimum steam reformer performance. In this critical operating unit of the hydrogen production train, Johnson Matthey will make recommendations on the optimum split of catalysts to be loaded in the reformer tubes based on your feedstocks and plant operating conditions to ensure reliable operation at all times.

Johnson Matthey manufactures a range of catalysts that are unique in their ability to reform efficiently the full range of feedstocks from natural gas, off gas and LPG to heavy hydrocarbons such as naphthas.

The catalysts are made in a range of sizes, allowing optimum reformer loading for each individual plant. Our portfolio of steam reforming catalysts includes the following:

For natural gas, off gas and LPG:                                                    

  • KATALCO 23-4 series
  • KATALCO 57-4 series
  • KATALCO 25-4 series


For naphthas:

  • KATALCO 46-series


Advances in coating technology have also started to yield structured steam methane reforming catalyst, such as CATACEL SSR. Using a foil based technology has enabled CATACEL SSR to achieve step changes in the key catalyst performance characteristics, resulting in increased hydrogen production, improve operating efficiency, and enhance plant reliability.

Recognizing that monitoring and technical support is critical in ensuring best-in-class performance, we also offer KATALCO PERFORMANCE services and instrumentation, such as reformer imager survey and CatTracker to help our customers make more product at reduced cost, while improving plant reliability and safety.

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