This publication applies to steam reformers
that are operated with natural gas, refinery off-gas, naphtha, and other
light hydrocarbon streams. It specifically applies to large volume hydrogen
This publication covers operation, maintenance, and certain
design aspects of steam reformers relative to the potential safety hazards of
the combustion process inherent to these units. Emphasis is placed on
operational guidance and features that provide safeguards against such
hazards such as furnace control philosophies, safety interlocks, and
inspection routines. The publication is not intended to address the details
of design, installation, and construction of steam reformers.
The purpose of this publication is to inform
and guide interested parties on the procedures and practices fundamental to
combustion safety in the operation of steam reformers. This publication
presents a baseline for safe reformer operation which, if followed, assures
our customers that the hydrogen they receive from member companies has been
produced according to accepted industry-wide safety guidelines.