Canadian gas plant handles NORM in replacing C3 treater’s mol sieve

The presence of naturally occurring radioactive materials complicated 2007 plans at Shell Canada Ltd.’s Jumping Pound gas plant, near Calgary, to replace the molecular sieve in two propane treaters.At the plant, the Deepcut unit recovers sales gas, ethane, propane, butane, and pentane plus products. Jumping Pound uses the two propane treaters to reduce total sulfur levels to meet propane sales specification.In a gas processing plant, where propane is processed is more susceptible to NORM contamination because radon has a boiling point similar to propane. NORM pose long-term health risks when inhaled or ingested; excessive exposure can lead to cancer.This article presents the experie...

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