Texas gas plant retrofits to improve ethane recovery

Guang Lee Jie Yu Sudhir V. Golikeri Bechtel Hydrocarbon Technology Solutions Inc. Houston Patrick Drew Bonnie Dumas Pioneer Natural Resources USA Inc. Dallas Based on a presentation to the GPA Annual Convention, San Antonio, Apr. 7-10 Pioneer Natural Resources USA Inc., Dallas, in 2012 employed basic process design provided by Bechtel Hydrocarbon Technology Solutions, Houston, to increase ethane recovery at its 80-MMscfd gas plant near Amarillo, Tex., to more than 80% from 40%. This article describes the evaluation approach including identification of the constraints in the current operation, comparison of different retrofit options, and selection of the best retrofit option with maximu...

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