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Gas Sweetening
Introduction

Carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen sulphide (H2S) are


common impurities in natural gas. These impurities need to be
removed to different levels to meet each client’s specific process
requirements.
The most common methods for removal of CO2 and/or H2S
from the gas is via amines, physical solvents, membranes or
adsorbents. The choice of which technology to use depends on
the levels of impurities to be removed.
Process Group has extensive experience gained through
designing, fabricating and commissioning CO2 and H2S
removal systems over many years.
Process Group pioneered the use of membranes for CO2
removal from natural gas in Australia. When considering a
CO2 removal project, Process Group determines the best
technology to meet our client’s needs. This may include
considering the use of solvents and membranes for a given
application or a combination of both to provide our client with
the best possible process solution.

Amines & Physical Solvents

Design Basis
Each package is typically designed and built as a complete
turn-key ready package with particular emphasis on specific
client requirements.
Process Group is able to combine our expertise with
proprietary sour gas process simulation software to tailor
process designs to suit each application. BHP Zamzama CO2 removal plant
Location: Pakistan
As a result of our significant design and installation experience,
Process Group offers a complete range of process solutions to
remove CO2 and H2S impurities by selecting from a range of Australia
solvents including generic amines, proprietary amine blends Process Group Pty Ltd
and physical solvents. 5 Hobbs Court, Rowville, (Melbourne), VIC 3178, Australia.
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application. Where amines or physical solvents are selected
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and generic solvents, the solvent that is best suited to meet the Process Group Pte Ltd
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In many cases, plant operating flexibility is a major factor and
Process Group is able to provide a plant that is compatible Middle East
with a number of different solvents. Process Group International Ltd
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Process Group ensures each plant is optimised for the Membranes offer specific advantages over solvent
following considerations: based processes including:

• To meet sales gas H2S & CO2 specifications, • Low operator requirement
• Impurity removal to minimise foaming, • Elimination of solvents from plant environment
• Operating efficiency, • Simple operation
• Materials compatibility. • Ideal for onshore and offshore applications
• No moving parts
Reference Clients
In the same manner that Process Group evaluates
• BP solvents for CO2 removal, Process Group reviews the
• RAK Gas suitability of membranes for a given application and
• BOC works with the membrane vendor to provide a solution
• AGL that is specifically tailored to suit the requirements of
• BHP Billiton each application.
• Black & Veatch
This includes developing the optimum overall
• CB&I
plant configuration and pre-treatment to ensure the
membranes are protected from contamination by heavy
Membranes hydrocarbons and other impurities.
Design Basis Where CO2 levels are high enough a plant design
combining membrane and amine solvent may offer the
Each package is typically designed and built as a best overall plant solution.
complete turn-key ready package with particular
emphasis on specific client requirements. Reference Clients
The design of CO2 removal systems is unique for each • Origin Energy
application and so a design basis is determined by • Santos
first gaining a thorough understanding of the client • BHP Billiton
requirements.

CO2 removal from natural gas membrane package

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