Tune-up of amine system avoids costly new system

John Richert, Philip Gilbert Saudi Aramco-Mobil Refining Co. Yanbu, Saudi Arabia Refinery amine-treatment systems can be tuned-up to increase reliability, lower operating costs, reduce corrosion, and increase treating capacity. These benefits were achieved at Saudi Aramco-Mobil Refining Co.'s Yanbu, Saudi Arabia, refinery through proper filter selection, appropriate flash-drum modifications, bulk amine delivery, increased amine concentration, and increased acid-gas loading. Ten years of declining performance in an amine unit at the refinery nearly resulted in an expensive decision to change from generic diethanol amine (DEA) to a costly and proprietary "wonder a...

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