Energy optimization drives design for Saudi Aramco NGL-recovery plant

Maan Mohammed Iskander Saudi Aramco Dhahran Based on a presentation to the 2013 GPA Europe Annual Conference, Edinburgh, Sept. 18-20. Designing a grassroots NGL-recovery plant in the empty quarter of Saudi Arabia required formulation of energy optimization initiatives because the area is remote and electrically isolated from any nearby network and water is scarce. Four initiatives conceived during the project's frontend engineering and design (FEED) phase resulted in cost savings and power and energy savings of more than 27,500 hp. Because the Shaybah NGL-recovery plant is nearing completion for start-up this year, the initiatives have yet to be tested. All the initiatives were thorough...

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