71st ANNUAL LAURANCE REID
GAS CONDITIONING VIRTUAL CONFERENCE


PAPERS SELECTED FOR THE FEBRUARY 2021 CONFERENCE.

 

Presenter(s)

Title and Summary

Bryan D. Evans

Gulf Coast Engineered Solutions, Inc.

Gas Conditioning Reboiler Design

Fundamental overview of gas conditioning reboilers, including types, design criteria, troubleshooting case studies, and rules of thumb.

Austin Taliaferro

Spartan Energy Partners

Upstream Methanol and Scavenger Injection Effects on Amine and Dehydration Units

Investigating disruptions, suspected to be caused by upstream methanol and scavenger usage, in downstream gas treating equipment and evaluating mitigation techniques for continued uninterrupted operation.

Don Norton, Andrew Vincent, and Eric Teletzke

Targa Resources and INEOS

How Sweet It Is: Increasing Permian Gas Plant Capacity and Product Quality

New solvent allows gas plants in sour service to meet ultra-low H2S specs, debottleneck capacity limits, eliminate scavenger costs, and reduce organic sulfur content.

Jim Glover and Mark Ferguson

Williams

Overloaded: An Operating Case Study of Corrosion in a CO2 Removal Amine Unit

Bicine, elevated loading, degradation and contaminants challenges amine health. A Texas amine unit experienced all concurrently. The search for answers resulted in insights and improvements.

Ray McKaskle, Brad Piggott, and Anne Ryan

Trimeric Corporation

Overview of Natural Gas Compression Options in Upstream and Midstream Operations

Natural gas compression options for sales gas compressors, reinjection, VRUs, and pipeline booster stations, will be reviewed.  Criteria for selection of compressor will be discussed.

Tucker Payne

Halker Consulting

Challenges of Retrofitting Upstream Facilities for Tank Venting to Flare

This paper examines challenges encountered during recent retrofitting of 50+ Williston Basin facilities for Quad Oa (VOC and methane emissions) compliance of tank batteries.

Jeff Gomach

Merichem Company

Innovative Hydrogen Sulfide Removal Process Reduces Costs with New Chemistry

A completely new approach to hydrogen sulfide removal in the oilfield. Introducing a new regenerable scavenger without new waste streams for your gas treating project.

John P. O'Connell, Ismail A. Alami, and Sunil Verma

Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco Simplified Sulfur Recovery Technology

A new cost-effective sulfur recovery process for obtaining overall recovery efficiencies of 99.9+ percent.  The SSRT process is based on the deletion of traditional Claus and TGT catalytic stages and the use of regenerable SO2 technology.

Gokhan Alptekin, Freya Kugler, and Jerrod Hohman

SulfaTrap, LLC

A New Sorbent-Membrane Hybrid Process for Removing Methanol and Water from Natural Gas Liquids

The paper will present the results of a sorbent-membrane hybrid process for removing methanol and water from Natural Gas Liquids  

Adel Morhart

Brenntag Canada Inc

Controlling Amine Degradation in a Sulfinol-D Gas Sweetening Facility 

A Sulfinol-D facility successfully reduces their amine degradation from 23 to 2 lb/mmscf over a one-year period. 

April Schroer, Mike Conder, and Adam Meyer

Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc., Mesa Applied Technologies, Lansera, LLC

Recent Experience on the Design of Flash Gas Handling Options and VOC Control Systems

Oil shale facilities designs are evolving in response to tightening VOC emission limits.  This paper describes recent design concepts and details to meet these requirements.

Philip Oberbroeckling and Sean Mollberg

Dow and Lyondellbasell Houston Refinery

Safer and More Efficient Amine Operations via Computational Method for Rich Loading

Rich loading programs unlock considerable value in optimization and reliability. LyondellBasell’s Houston Refinery utilizes Dow’s real-time equations. Methodology for implementation and calibration are presented.

Kyle Benning, Brad Powell, and Denny Carter

Viking Pump

Improving Pump Performance on TEG Dehydration Unit

Pump design, skid layout, and operation all play a role in pump failure, understanding improvements in all three factors will maximize pump life.

Marco van Son

Comprimo - Worley

Sulphur Recovery Unit Rundown Systems

A review of alternative options for collecting and storing sulfur to overcome the high maintenance cost of sulfur pits.

Jan De Ren, William (Bill) Whyman, and Hank M. Hudson

UOP LLC

Alternatives to Traditional Tail gas Cleanup

Alternative tailgas scrubbing technologies that can reduce capital costs while reducing SO2 emissions are compared to traditional tailgas cleanup.

2021 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE POSTERS

Presenter(s)Title and Summary

Khaled Atieh, Andrew Nagy; and Enrique Aceves De Alba

ExxonMobil

Claus unit nitrogen and acid gas co-feed operation to mitigate reliability and environmental sensitivities at turndown conditions

Discussion of strategies used at various manufacturing sites for operating Claus units below turndown conditions. Increasingly relevant with new environmental regulations and under Covid-19 operation.

Jason Binz and Michael Landoll

Dow

Determination of Excess Flash Gas Rates in Amine Systems

Evaluation of an amine plant that was seeing excessive flash rates compared to the design simulations and plants changes to reduce flash rate. 

Rainer Kurz, Bethany Torbensen, and Mike Clay

Solar Turbines/Caterpillar

Gas Plant Optimization with Gas Turbine Driven Centrifugal Compressors with Waste Heat Recovery

Review the use of Gas Turbine Driven Residue Compression with Waste Heat Recovery and the plant optimization and emissions reductions that can be realized. 

Hugo Lozano Jr. and Mark Fordney

Q2 Technologies/ North Shore Energy

Experiences in the First Commercial Application of Regenerable Nanotechnology Chemistry and Process for Hydrogen Sulfide Removal in Natural Gas

Experiences in the first commercial application of a regenerable iron nanoparticle liquid slurry used for H2S removal designed to replace high consumption single-use scavenger applications.

Darryl Mamrosh, Duane Myers, and Teresa Kerr

Trimeric Corporation

Avoid Pressure Relief Valve Plugging in Gas Conditioning Applications

Recognize process systems and locations where solids and/or hydrates may form plugs, and prevent overpressure through strategies to avoid, mitigate and manage.

Gokhan Alptekin, Freya Kugler, Matthew Schaefer, and Michael Ware

SulfaTrap, LLC

A Catalyst-Sorbent Hybrid Process for Organic Sulfur Removal from Natural Gas and Natural Gas Liquid

Paper will present the results of a new catalyst-sorbent hybrid process that can remove H2S and organic sulfur contaminants from gaseous and liquid hydrocarbon streams.