UOP, Petronas develop natural gas processing technology

UOP, Petronas to develop natural gas processing technology

9:59 AM, 26th September 2012
UOP, Petronas to develop natural gas processing technology

DES PLAINES, US: UOP, a Honeywell company, will collaborate with Malaysia’s national oil and gas company, Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), on natural gas processing technology. The joint development programme is focused on technology to overcome challenges faced by producers of liquefied natural gas (LNG), as they seek to monetize natural gas more economically by moving gas processing from onshore facilities to ships that will moor closer to offshore gas fields.

The programme will centre on advanced carbon dioxide (CO2) absorption technology to improve reliability of equipment used to remove contaminants from natural gas before it is liquefied, while also reducing weight and footprint of the equipment onboard ships. Technical improvements developed to better meet LNG specifications may also be deployed in the next generation of onshore and offshore gas processing equipment.

“This shows UOP’s commitment to developing gas processing innovations to meet the growing global demand for natural gas, especially in Southeast Asia,” said Rebecca Liebert, Vice President and General Manager, Gas Processing and Hydrogen unit, UOP.

As part of the joint programme, Petronas and UOP scientists will work on designs for next-generation equipment to overcome challenges posed by gas treatment onboard ships. The companies will design and build a land-based pilot plant to demonstrate the technology.

Natural gas is the world’s fastest-growing fossil fuel, with annual consumption expected to reach 160 trillion cubic feet by 2035. Nearly 35 per cent of the world’s demand growth for natural gas during that time will come from Asia, according to the US Energy Information Administration.

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