Honeywell's UOP on Tuesday unveiled a new, advanced
membrane element designed to increase natural gas
processing capacity relative to existing technology, allowing producers to
capture higher revenue and reduce costs.
The UOP Separex Flux+ is a drop-in replacement for
the membrane elements in existing Separex membrane systems,
according to the company.
Separex Flux+ increases the removal of contaminants,
such as acid gas and water, which must be removed before natural
gas can be transported by pipeline for commercial use.
"UOP is focused on developing technologies that help natural
gas producers maximize their output at minimal cost," said
Rebecca Liebert, vice president and general manager of UOP's gas
processing and hydrogen business.
"UOP's new Separex Flux+ membrane element increases gas
processing capacity over existing technology, translating to increased
revenue and reduced operating costs for natural
gas producers," she added.
In addition to increasing the amount of gas that can be
processed in the system, the membrane element removes more
carbon dioxide per unit membrane area than existing membrane
products, the company says. This helps debottleneck
downstream processing units, lowering overall operating costs
for gas producers.
Designed to a compact footprint, the units can be installed
on-shore or off-shore, require little to no utilities, and
provide for very short start-up times and high turndown
Separex membranes eliminate the need for solvents, making
the technology particularly desirable in
remote locations where logistics make supply transportation to
the site difficult, according to company officials.