UOP has opened a manufacturing and operations center in
Penang, Malaysia, to produce natural gas membrane elements to
support the growing natural gas market, the company announced
UOP, a Honeywell company, says its Separex membrane
systems remove impurities from natural gas streams.
Removing impurities is necessary before the gas can be used
as fuel, as a source for petrochemicals or distributed by
"The new manufacturing and operations center in Malaysia
will strengthen UOP''s position to meet demand as natural gas
becomes a larger part of the world''s energy equation," said
Rajeev Gautam, CEO of Honeywell''s UOP.
"This facility will expand our membrane manufacturing
capabilities and increase our presence in the region."
Natural gas is the world''s fastest-growing fossil fuel,
with consumption expected to reach 160 trillion cubic feet by
Nearly 35% of the world''s demand growth for natural gas
during that time will come from Asia, according to the US
Energy Information Administration.
Separex membrane systems are delivered as modular,
skid-mounted units. Depending on the application, these systems
require lower capital and operating costs, and consume less
energy than competing processes, according to the company.
The modular construction operates on a smaller
footprint, allowing easier installation on off-shore
applications, such as floating, production, storage and
offloading (FPSO) vessels, and remote locations, UOP says.
Last year, UOP formed a new gas processing and hydrogen
business unit to increase its focus on developing technology, equipment and
adsorbents, as well as the design and execution of projects for global natural gas and
In addition to Malaysia, UOP has membrane system, and other
gas processing technology design centers, in Des
Plaines, Ill., and Antwerp, Belgium. Other membrane
manufacturing sites include Anaheim, Calif., and Littleton,
Colo., in the US.