Xebec commissions gas-as-a-service on-site hydrogen generation system for Turkey’s lubricant recycling plant

28 June 2021

Canadian company Xebec Adsorption Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary HyGear, has successfully commissioned an on-site hydrogen generation system for TAYRAŞ’ used lubricant oil re-refinery in Turkey.

Approximately, 560kg of hydrogen per day (205 tons per year) will be delivered under 125 bar by the fully automated system under a 15-year Gas-as-a-Service contract.

TAYRAŞ’ facility is the first of its kind in the country and will support developing Turkey’s circular economy and reducing emissions from API Group II base lubricating oils.

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“This was a significantly large sized project for us and a unique one to be involved in, within our reference installations. TAYRAŞ’ re-refinery shows the importance of securing local supply and reducing the carbon footprint of oils through recycling. Our on-site hydrogen offers the lowest cost and emissions option by cutting out the transportation and liquefaction steps from centralized hydrogen supply. In addition, we were able to showcase our expertise in compression by operating at an impressive 125 bar on a 24/7 basis. This level of operation will lend well to other applications such as hydrogen refueling stations where this pressure and reliability is also needed,” said Marinus van Driel, President of Xebec Europe.

The capacity of TAYRAŞ’ plant is 60,000 tons of used lubricating oil per year which is expected to produce approximately 45,000 tons of Group II base oil (N70, N100, N220). The hydrogen produced by HyGear’s system will be used to hydro-treat the used oils and remove sulphur, chlorine, nitrogen, phosphorus, silica and saturation of aromatics, employing special catalysts.

Author: KS / Source: Xebec Adsorption Inc. / Photo: Unsplash