CO2 is found in natural gas in many locations and must be removed to meet specifications before the gas can be delivered to the pipeline. Availability of a simple process technology that can be applied in remote, unattended, or offshore situations is highly desirable. Ease of operation, quick start-up, and high on-stream factors are needed in addition to competitive capital and operating costs.
Amine systems are used frequently but are complex and have high capital, operating, and installation costs; a relatively high fuel cost and potential environmental issues.
MTR’s membrane based systems provide a simple, low-cost, compact solution for reducing CO2 content in natural gas. These novel membranes have a unique polymer chemistry that is far superior to conventional membranes in withstanding the various components in natural gas. The membranes require minimal gas pretreatment and offer very high efficiency separation, with more than 95% hydrocarbon recovery achievable.
These membranes are used for achieving pipeline CO2 specifications of 4 mol% or less or for bulk CO2 removal. Due to the high fluxes of these membranes and efficient module packaging, using MTR’s membrane process minimizes required deck space and weight in offshore installations.