France-based Technip has been awarded two lump sum contracts by Valero group for two hydrogen plants at its refineries in Memphis, Tennessee, and McKee, Texas.

The two 30-million standard cubic feet per day hydrogen plants will produce high purity hydrogen and export steam.

The plants will use a high efficiency top-fired steam methane reforming process and utilize the latest nitrogen oxide reduction technology thereby ensuring minimum emissions.

The contracts involve basic engineering, project management, engineering, fabrication, supply and installation, pre-commissioning and start-up assistance.

The company’s operating center in Claremont, California, will execute these contracts.

Technip is partnered with Performance Contractors for the installation of both hydrogen plants, and the project is scheduled to be completed in the first half of 2012.