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2021 Papers


Papers Selected for the February 2021 Conference


Gas Conditioning Reboiler Design

Bryan D. Evans - Gulf Coast Engineered Solutions, Inc.

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

Upstream Methanol and Scavenger Injection Effects on Amine and Dehydration Units

Austin Taliaferro - Spartan Energy Partners

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.

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

Don Norton, Andrew Vincent, Eric Teletzke - Targa Resources and INEOS

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.

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

Jim Glover, Mark Ferguson - Williams

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.

Overview of Natural Gas Compression Options in Upstream and Midstream Operations

Ray McKaskle, Brad Piggott, Anne Ryan - Trimeric Corporation

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.

Challenges of Retrofitting Upstream Facilities for Tank Venting to Flare

Tucker Payne - Halker Consulting

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

Innovative Hydrogen Sulfide Removal Process Reduces Costs with New Chemistry

Jeff Gomach - Merichem Company

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.

Saudi Aramco Simplified Sulfur Recovery Technology

John P. O'Connell, Ismail A. Alami, Sunil Verma - Saudi Aramco

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.

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

Gokhan Alptekin, Freya Kugler, Jerrod Hohman - SulfaTrap, LLC

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

Controlling Amine Degradation in a Sulfinol-D Gas Sweetening Facility 

Adel Morhart - Brenntag Canada, Inc.

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

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

April Schroer, Mike Conder, Adam Meyer - Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc., Mesa Applied Technologies, Lansera, LLC

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.

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

Philip Oberbroeckling, Sean Mollberg - Dow and LyondellBasell Houston Refinery

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.

Improving Pump Performance on TEG Dehydration Unit

Kyle Benning, Brad Powell, Denny Carter - Viking Pump

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

Sulphur Recovery Unit Rundown Systems

Marco van Son - Comprimo - Worley

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

Alternatives to Traditional Tailgas Cleanup

Jan De Ren, William (Bill) Whyman, Hank M. Hudson - UOP LLC

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


Claus Unit Nitrogen and Acid Gas Co-feed Operation to Mitigate Reliability and Environmental Sensitivities at Turndown Conditions

Khaled Atieh, Andrew Nagy, Enrique Aceves De Alba - ExxonMobil

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.

Determination of Excess Flash Gas Rates in Amine Systems

Jason Binz, Michael Landoll - Dow

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

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

Rainer Kurz, Bethany Torbensen, Mike Clay - Solar Turbines/Caterpillar

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

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

Hugo Lozano, Jr., Mark Fordney - Q2 Technologies/ North Shore Energy

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.

Avoid Pressure Relief Valve Plugging in Gas Conditioning Applications

Darryl Mamrosh, Duane Myers, Teresa Kerr - Trimeric Corporation

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

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

Gokhan Alptekin, Freya Kugler, Matthew Schaefer, Michael Ware - SulfaTrap, LLC

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. 


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