UOP, Qatar Petroleum to jointly develop new gas treatment technology

Honeywell's UOP announced Tuesday that it signed a joint development agreement with Qatar Petroleum (QP) to develop new ways to cost effectively treat natural gas for the production of LNG.

Under the agreement, the two companies will work together to develop more efficient technologies to remove contaminants from natural gas, so that it can be liquefied for transportation by ship and other means. 

The agreement was signed at QP headquarters by Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and chairman of QP, and UOP president and CEO Dr. Rajeev Gautam.

Dr. Al-Sada said the agreement is an important milestone in Qatar’s gas industry. 

“Qatar is constantly working to facilitate the optimum development of its hydrocarbon resources, and this agreement is another step in that direction,” said Dr. Al-Sada. “Developing more efficient technologies to remove contaminants from natural gas will help boost Qatar’s reputation as a safe, reliable supplier of natural gas as well as high-quality products.” 

UOP is a leader in natural gas treating technologies, which are currently used in QP’s LNG and gas processing facilities. QP’s joint venture companies, Qatargas and RasGas, have a combined LNG production capacity of 77 million tpy, making Qatar the world’s largest producer and exporter of LNG.
“Global natural gas demand is growing rapidly and LNG production is critical to meeting the needs of regions not served by pipelines and to enable global trade," said Dr. Gautam. "Qatar Petroleum is a recognized leader in the production of LNG for world markets, and we look forward to extending our long-standing partnership to develop technology in this important field.”  

UOP’s separation technology and equipment remove contaminants such as sulfur, water and carbon dioxide from natural gas in order to meet rigorous product specifications and requirements for downstream transmission and liquefaction equipment. In liquefied form, natural gas can be easily and efficiently transported to markets around the world, where it is used for a wide variety of energy applications.

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