UOP unveils natural gas processing, hydrogen unit

Honeywell’s UOP has established a new business unit dedicated to natural gas processing solutions and hydrogen, the company said on Thursday.

The US-based Natural Gas and Hydrogen business unit will increase UOP’s focus on developing technology, equipment and adsorbents as well as the design and execution of projects for global natural gas and hydrogen customers, according to the company.

Natural gas is the world's fastest-growing fossil fuel, with consumption expected to reach 160 trillion cubic feet by 2035, UOP said.

Hydrogen is a critical resource used in refining hydroprocessing technologies for transportation fuels and petrochemicals.

“UOP has been working with the natural gas industry for more than 50 years, providing a range of gas purification technologies and products,” said Rajeev Gautam, CEO of Honeywell’s UOP.

“This new dedicated business unit will deepen our commitment and allow us to better serve our existing natural gas and hydrogen customers as well as identify new opportunities to help address the growing global demand,” he added.

Rebecca Liebert has been named vice president and general manager for Natural Gas and Hydrogen and will report to Gautam.

Liebert joins UOP from Honeywell Electronic Materials (HEM), where she served as vice president and general manager for the global supplier of critical materials to the electronics industry including semiconductors, photovoltaics and light emitting diodes (LED) that enable customers to develop innovative technologies and overcome manufacturing challenges.

UOP noted that its gas processing technologies focus on the removal of contaminants and liquids recovery from natural gas streams in on-shore natural gas treating, liquid natural gas (LNG) pretreatment, off-shore applications and synthesis gas purification.

Additionally, Honeywell’s UOP offers technology and equipment for the production and management of hydrogen in a range of applications, including refining facilities, steam reformers and ethylene plants, the company said.

In November 2011, UOP expanded its natural gas treatment portfolio to include supersonic gas separation technology for the removal of water and heavy hydrocarbons through a marketing alliance with the Netherlands-based Twister.

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