Established in Milan, Italy in 1954, KIRCHNER ITALIA is a leading engineering company specialized in the supply of Fired Heaters, Steam Reformers and Heat Transfer Equipment for Refineries and Petrochemical Plants.
The Company can carry out design, engineering, fabrication, installation and start-up of Fired Heaters for a wide range of applications in the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industries.
KIRCHNER ITALIA deploys a competent and committed group of professionals with sound knowledge base and proficiency in project management, execution, procurement, inspection and site co-ordination, particularly expert in the management of international projects.
Our engineering work takes benefit from the wide know-how accumulated along 60 years of activity with more than 600 heaters and reformers supplied worldwide. Process design, base and detailed engineering are executed by our team of experienced engineers, which take advantage from the use of the most advanced calculations and design software, which makes our company a recognized leader in providing the most sophisticated solutions to the Clients.
If required, the equipment is engineered in accordance to the basic design of International Licensors like UOP, Axens, Chevron, Haldor Topsøe, Davy Process Technology, KBR, Exxon, Stone&Webster, who selected our Company as approved constructor.
Since its beginning the Company earned a solid reputation of competence and reliability and year after year gained the loyalty of the main international EPC Contractors and of the main Oil&Gas and Petrochemical Companies worldwide.
Equipment can be supplied worldwide either on FOB basis or on turn-key basis according to Customer requirements.
KIRCHNER ITALIA works under a Quality Management System officially approved by Lloyd's Register according to EN ISO 9001:2000. Company policy focus on the quality of the services and products in order to maintain the satisfaction of the Clients. The activities carried out on each job such as project management, design, engineering, procurement, inspection and testing, construction supervision are all executed by Our experienced internal staff. in this way we can assure an effective control of each engineering step and of the entire execution of the project.
KIRCHNER ITALIA organization and flexibility allow to execute projects of any size and complexity. It can execute short-term projects, adopting extraordinary procedures to accelerate the engineering and procurement activities.
We can find the shop where to fabricate our furnaces all around the world, close to the site of destination. Over the decades, Kirchner Italia have successfully implemented projects in full compliance with international standards and have earned recognition for its objectivity, expertise and efficiency. In terms of size, resources and capability, Kirchner ranks among the foremost organizations of its kind.
Schedule constrains and/or high degree of prefabrication (modularization up to 100%) challenge our Company to provide the most innovative and effective solutions.
Milestones Technical Evolution Kirchner Italia
Affiliate of Kirchner Hamburg
Licensee of Selas of America, worldwide leader company specialized in process furnaces at high temperatures – severe/critical conditions, etc.
At the end of the license with Selas of America, Kirchner Italia continued its work developing both its self-designed furnaces and other furnaces such as Ethylene Cracking, Primary Reformer etc., realized as “Approved Constructor” for the most important processing companies in the world, to which they could now access due to the expiry of the License with Selas of America.
Haldor Topsøe License
1970 Rhodiatoce Novara primary Reformer + Waste Heat Section First Reformer in Italy licensed by Haldor Topsøe.
1970 Montecatini Edison porto Marghera N°14 Ethylene Cracking Furnaces + 2 ra N°14 Ethylene Cracking Furnaces + 2 Steam Superheaters Lummus license, one of the world’s major names for Ethylene.
Liquichimica Augusta - Main Contractor CTIP Roma
Large scale works: All furnaces of plant ISOSIV 2 for the production of bio proteins. N°13 Furnaces entirely designed and supplied by Kirchner Italia and, the year after.
1973 Doubled for the same customer and
the same Main Contractor CTIP Rome
N°10 Furnaces entirely designed and supplied by Kirchner Italia for plant ISOSIV 4.
First energy recovery plant, entirely designed by Kirchner Italia, with innovative technology:
Energy recovery plant on N°14 Ethylene Cracking Furnaces in Porto Marghera, supplied by KIRCHNER ITALIA in 1970. This new recovery plant was built with a contract financed entirely by KIRCHNER ITALIA. Kirchner Italia is financially self-sufficient, without the need to access to bank credit and is actually capable to finance customers. The payments arrived immediately since the plant started working and making revenues. This way, the Customer spent no money at all.
Meanwhile, Furnaces, Energy Recovery Plants and Yield Improvements of existing Ethylene Cracking Furnaces were continued to be accomplished, thanks to the experience and technology acquired by Kirchner Italia also on these types of furnaces. Processes are optimized in collaboration with the experience of loyal and important customers (Montedipe, Enichem Anic, etc.).
After the realization of numerous Energy Recovery Plants and Yield Improvements, in collaboration with the process of customer Montedipe, Kirchner Italia realizes the transformation of a Steam Superheater Furnace into an Ethylene Cracking Furnace (Montedipe Porto Marghera).
Design and supply of new furnaces licensed by EXXON Research for Statoil, Kalundborg, Denmark.
1992 Davy McKee
Design and supply of a Primary Reformer licensed by Davy McKee for Supermetanol, Jose Edo Anzoategui, Venezuela.
1992 C.F. Braun
The development of collaborations with new processes continued: Design and supply of a Primary Reformer licensed by C.F. Braun for
1993 Stone & Webster
Design and supply of N°6 Ethylene Cracking Furnaces licensed by Stone & Webster for Tecnimont, CNTIC Canton, China.
1994 Brown & Root
Design and supply of a Primary Reformer licensed by Brown & Root for Tecnimont, CPCIC Urumqi, China.
1997 Brown & Root
Design and supply of a Primary Reformer licensed by Brown & Root for Tecnimont, SAFCO, Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
THE LARGEST PACKAGE
Realization of a Primary Reformer licensed by Haldor Topsøe for Fluor Daniel, Statoil, Tjeldbergodden, Norway. The largest 100% package ever realized: 1350 ton. Radiant zone / 550 ton. convection zone. Entirely made in Italy in two main packages; each package came complete with coils, refractory, external insulation, lighting, instrumentation, painting etc.
NEW AMERICAN PROCESS LICENSOR: KBR
Acquisition of a new American Process Licensor: KBR
Supply of Convection Zones for Ethylene Cracking Furnaces for Techint – PEMOSA, PECASA, Mexico.
Customer ENI for Raffineria di Sannazzaro de’ Burgondi, Pavia, Italy
Plant EST – ENI SLURRY TECHNOLOGY New technology developed by ENI. Design and supply of N°5 Furnaces.
THE LARGEST REVAMPING
Licensed by Stone & Webster for Versalis, Priolo, Italy
The largest Revamping on N°4 Ethylene Cracking Furnaces; Value of order: 46,6 MM/€.
NEW FIELD - POWER PLANTS
New Customer in Thailand: PTT Public Company Ltd
Construction of N°3 Waste Heat Recovery Units, entirely designed by KIRCHNER ITALIA. Gas Recovery of three Rolls Royce RB211 Turbines.
Development with new customers in China, Iran, Qatar, India, Algeria.
New Customer in Russia: JSC Sibur Holding / Tobolsk Polymer, LLC CO., Tobolsk, Russia, Main Contractor Tecnimont. Supply of N°4 PDH Furnaces for Polymers Plant. (UOP License).
New Customer in Colombia: Cartagena Refinery - REFICAR Supply of N°5 Furnaces.
New Customer in Suriname: Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname N.V. Supply of N°6 Furnaces licensed by CB&I / Lummus Supply of N°1 Primary Reformer licensed by Haldor Topsøe.
New Customer in Saudi Arabia: SAUDI ARAMCO, Main Contractor Saipem Supply of N°8 Furnaces for Units 410 and 420 for Naphtha and Aromatics plant.
New Customer in Africa: Dangote Fertilizer Ltd., Nigeria Supply of N°2 Primary Reformers licensed by Haldor Topsøe Design and supply of N°2 Start-up Heaters For the largest Fertilizer plant in Africa.
New Customer in Japan: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. Supply of N°1 Primary Reformer licensed by Haldor Topsøe for new End User OJSC phos Agro – Cherepovets, Russia Design and supply of N°1 Start-up Heater.
Code of Ethics
More and more businesses today are called to take on a wider responsibility that does not end with the economic effects of their activity, but that covers a variety of interests relevant to the conservation of the natural environment, of health, work, and future well-being of the entire community and the integrity of the system of social relations.
Along and parallel to the company’s range of interests, there has also been an increase in the number of stakeholders with which the company must relate.
All internal and external parties that interface with the Company in the conduct of its business should, therefore, be recognized as partners - or stakeholders - both because they contribute, in various and specific ways, to the achievement of company goals, and because such activities affect them positively or negatively.
These people are clients, shareholders, suppliers and employees, but also the entire community.
Kirchner Italia S.p.A. has therefore decided to adopt a Code of Ethics with the intent to formalize and crystallize the values in which it believes and which directs its activities.