Buildings and infrastructure life cycle solutions specialist Caverion will supply industrial installations for a new hydrogen production unit at a refinery in Porvoo, Finland.

The firm has reached an agreement with Linde Engineering to supply mechanical installations and pipe, and equipment and steel installations for the unit at the Porvoo refinery in the Kilpilahti industrial area.

Caverion will prefabricate and install process piping for a new hydrogen reformer at the plant, as well as completing equipment and steel installations. Caverion will use prefabricated parts made at its own workshops in Ylivieska and Leppävirta in the country.

Up to 80 Caverion personnel are expected be employed at the site.

Two hydrogen production units are already installed at the plant. The older one is due to be replaced by a more efficient unit.

Using a steam reforming process, natural gas will be produced from hydrogen, while the hydrogen itself will be used as part of several different processes and products, such as sulfur-free diesel fuel and high-quality base oils.

Juhani Pitkäkoski, executive vice president & CEO for Caverion’s Industrial Solutions Division, said: “We have strong experience of similar, challenging projects. We worked with Linde to implement a liquid natural gas (LNG) terminal in Sweden in 2013.

“Caverion was also involved in constructing the current hydrogen production unit in the Kilpilahti area approximately ten years ago. Linde Engineering is a global company and we are happy to be able to deliver such a demanding project for them.”