January 2007

Special Report: Gas Processing Developments

Compressed natural gas – Another solution to monetize stranded gas

This technology offers unique advantages for short-distance transportation

Economides, M. J., Chemical Engineering Dept., University of Houston; Mokhatab, S., Consultant

The market share of natural gas (NG) in world energy is growing at a faster pace than any other hydrocarbon source and is expected to increase dramatically over the next two decades. Although NG is abundant, more than one-third of global reserves are classified as stranded. To monetize this resource, economic ways to transport NG must be found. Options that should be considered include marine and terrestrial pipelines as well as volume-reduction alternatives, e.g., liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG). Offshore NG transport pipelines become challenging as water depth and transportation distance increases. LNG, an effective long-distance delivery method, constitutes

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