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Jacobs signs Thiopaq O&G sulfur-recovery technology licensor agreement with Paqell

By Gerald Ondrey |

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Dallas, Tex.; www.jacobs.com) signed a sulfur recovery technology licensor agreement with Paqell, a joint venture between Shell Global Solutions and Paques B.V., for use of its Thiopaq O&G (Oil and Gas) technology in refineries and gas treating facilities across the globe. This agreement positions Jacobs as the only gas treating and sulfur recovery licensing company to license Thiopaq O&G to low capacity sulfur facility owners, providing a reduced capital expenditure (CAPEX) operational expenditure (OPEX) option, which eliminates the chemical waste produced by alternative technologies.

Thiopaq O&G is a biological process which integrates gas purification with sulfur recovery in a single unit, resulting in high sulfur recovery levels at reduced installation and operating costs. This process involves sulfur components, such as mercaptans (R-SH) and hydrogen sulfides (H2S), being removed from a gas stream and converting them into biologically formed sulfur. Expanding Jacobs’ Comprimo Sulfur Solutions technology portfolio, this biological process is becoming increasingly important to the industry as it looks for ways to reduce chemical waste which pose both environmental and safety hazards. (for more details, see Chem. Eng., May 2003; www.chemengonline.com/articles.php?file=2003%2FNewsChem%2FNewsChem05012003_15.html).

“Refining and gas treating facility owners and operators require reliable technology that delivers low CAPEX and OPEX, provides high sulfur recovery efficiency, and minimizes environmental impact,” said Jacobs Mining & Minerals and Specialty Chemicals Senior Vice President and General Manager Andrew Berryman. “Thiopaq O&G meets all of these business objectives, making it the perfect addition to Jacobs’ Comprimo Sulfur Solutions technology portfolio.”

Jacobs’ Comprimo Sulfur Solutions provides licensing, engineering, procurement and construction services to gas treating and sulfur recovery plants around the world, such as adding new units, increasing sulfur recovery efficiency, adding more processing capacity through gas treating enrichment or oxygen enrichment, and conducting sulfur degassing and handling.

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