The construction of a hydrogen production plant as part of the heavy oil hydrocracking complex in OAO Mozyr Oil Refinery in Belarus is in the final stages, according to BelTA.

The project is nearing completion and startup operations are expected to take place at the hydrogen production plant in late September. On top of this, construction and installation operations at a sulfur production plant are also nearing completion. With regard to off-plant facilities, they have reached 99% completion. 

In August, the company ran tests at the flare unit F-6 at the heavy oil hydrocracking complex (H-Oil) building. The flare unit is designed to burn flare gas that will be fed by the integrated hydrocracking unit and the hydrogen production plant.

The project is the largest in Belarus’ history and its total investment exceeds $1.2 billion. The heavy oil hydrocracking complex comprises an integrated hydrocracking unit, a hydrogen plant, a sulfur plant, and 21 off-plant facilities. Once completed, the project will increase the crude oil upgrading index by up to 90%.