Research targets lower gas-processing operating costs

Howard S. Meyer, Dennis Leppin Gas Research Institute Chicago Increasing natural-gas demand and declining gas quality at the wellhead require the gas-processing industry to look to new technologies to stay competitive. The Gas Research Institute (GRI), Chicago, is managing a research, development, design, and deployment program that could save industry $230 million/year in operating and capital costs from NGL extraction and recovery, dehydration, acid-gas removal/sulfur recovery, and nitrogen rejection. Three technologies are addressed here: Multivariable control (MVC) technology for predictive process control and optimization is installed or in desig...

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