Vortex tube can increase liquid hydrocarbon recovery at plant inlet

Brock HajdikCBS Engineering Inc.Houston Manfred LoreyFiltan Anlagenbau GmbHLangenselbold, Germany Jürgen SteinleBEB Erdöl & Erdgas GmbH,Hannover, Germany Keith ThomasFalk & Thomas Engineering GmbH,Wettenberg, Germany A vortex-tube unit treats 14 MMscfd of gas at a wellhead in northern Germany. Use of a vortex-tube device yields improved inlet gas-liquid separation, when compared with a Joule-Thomson system, but is less costly and complex than a true isentropic system, such as a turboexpander. Because the vortex-tube unit provides separation as well as pressure reduction, the capital cost of a Joule-Thomson system with valve a...

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