Honeywell's UOP will provide midstream services
firm Crosstex with its UOP Russell
deethanizer and depropanizer fractionators that are capable of
handling a 100,000 bpd mixed natural gas liquids stream for the
extraction of ethane and propane, the company said late
The equipment will be installed at the Crosstex facility in
Plaquemine, La., with startup scheduled for 2014.
Under the deal, UOP will build and install the UOP
Russell fractionation equipment that is designed to
extract ethane and propane -- highly in demand as petrochemical feedstocks for producing ethylene
and propylene, two building blocks for plastics -- from
mixed natural gas liquid streams.
UOP says it will provide Crosstex with a full turn-key
solution that includes on-site installation and start-up
services for the UOP Russell equipment as well as
other related equipment and infrastructure.
"UOP is committed to providing efficient technologies that
support the continued growth of shale gas processing and that
enable producers to profitably fractionate individual NGL
components from mixed natural gas liquid streams," said Rebecca
Liebert, vice president and general manager for gas processing
and hydrogen at UOP.
"UOP Russell modular equipment allows producers to
upgrade their NGLs into valuable energy products and petrochemical feedstocks with reduced field construction time and lower overall
cost," she added.
Following UOP's 2012 purchase of a majority stake in Thomas
Russell Co., the UOP Russell product line offers
technologies that allow shale and conventional natural gas
producers to remove contaminants from natural gas and recover
high-value NGLs, according to the company.