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BASF to supply Sorbead for large gas-treating plant

By Gerald Ondrey |

The Catalysts division of BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) will provide a total of 2,000 tons of its Sorbead H and WS for the world’s largest gas dehydration and hydrocarbon removal plant based on adsorption technology, located at the Portovaya Compression Station near the Russian town of Vyborg. The total represents the single largest amount of Sorbead ever ordered for gas purification. Siirtec Nigi S.p.A (Milan, Italy) will supply engineering as well as equipment and materials for the Portovaya plant which is an important part of the Nord Stream Project. The company will also be responsible for erection supervision and start-up. Siirtec Nigi chose BASF’s high performance silica gel for high-quality natural gas purification in order to secure a reliable natural gas supply. Security in natural gas supply plays a crucial role in providing Europe with natural gas. In the natural gas purification process, water and heavy hydrocarbons are removed before transportation via sub-sea pipelines. Any remaining impurities in natural gas can result in a pipeline plugging with high contract penalty.  “There are very stringent specifications for the purity of natural gas transported by sub-sea pipelines,”…
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