Honeywell's UOP has been contracted by Brazil's
Petrobras to supply technology in the form of UOP
Separex membrane systems to process natural gas, the
companies confirmed on Wednesday.
The gas will be processed aboard four floating production,
storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels. The vessels will process
natural gas extracted from Petrobras Lula pre-salt oil
reserves, one of the largest and most significant worldwide oil
discoveries in recent years.
The Separex membrane systems will be installed aboard the FPSOs
to remove carbon dioxide and water from 7
million standard cubic meters/day of natural gas. Earlier this
year, UOP announced a similar project with Petrobras for eight
FPSO units to be operated in Brazils Santos basin oil
The high levels of carbon dioxide, space limitations,
and extreme environmental conditions make
natural gas clean-up in the Brazilian pre-salt fields a
challenge, but UOP Separex technology was designed to excel
under these circumstances, said Rebecca Liebert, senior
vice president and general manager for Honeywells UOP gas
processing and hydrogen business unit.
Separex systems are compact and solvent-free, and are
often ideal for difficult-to-treat gas streams in remote
locations, making it well-suited for offshore gas processing,"
she added. "We are pleased Petrobras has once again accepted
In addition to providing Separex technology, UOP will provide
ongoing offshore technical support and staff training for the
project, which is expected to start
up throughout 2016 and 2017.
UOP noted that it opened a sales office in Rio de Janeiro in
2011 to better serve the growing oil and natural gas sectors in
Latin America. A significant portion of the membrane systems
for this project will be fabricated locally
The Separex technology upgrades natural gas streams by
removing carbon dioxide and water vapor.
These contaminants must be removed to meet the quality
standards specified by pipeline transmission and distribution
companies, as well as end users of the natural gas.
UOP says it has utilized Honeywells advanced
polymer technology capabilities to continue
innovating Separex membranes for higher flux and higher
selectivity. Separex membranes eliminate the need for solvents,
the company says, which present challenges in marine
Separex systems can be used onshore or offshore, at the
wellhead or at gathering facilities. To date, more than130 of
Honeywells UOP membrane systems have been installed