Louisiana gas plant hikes production with quick solvent changeout

BP Exploration Inc. increased production and improved performance in its Judge Digby (La.) gas plant by replacing the diethanolamine (DEA) solvent with a specialty methyl-diethanolamine solvent in a process that took less than 24 hr.Dow Chemical Co.'s Ucarsol AP-814 solvent lowered corrosion rates, solvent consumption, and filtration costs, all without major equipment modifications.Other solvent formulations now available give engineers the ability to increase overall sales-gas production capacity without making a large capital investment in new or modified equipment.The Dow specialty amine met BP's needs at its Judge Digby gas-treating plant because the solvent has a high CO2 car...

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