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UOP membrane technology for shale-gas processing

By Gerald Ondrey |

The Separex membrane system of UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com), a Honeywell company, has been selected for the removal of contaminants from natural gas produced from a large shale formation found in British Columbia. Apache Corp. will use the UOP Separex membrane system to remove carbon dioxide from shale gas at its operations in the Horn River Basin of northeastern British Columbia. Removing impurities is a required step in upgrading the gas so it can be transported by pipeline for commercial use. Shale gas, sometime referred to as an unconventional gas, is natural gas found in shale rock formations. According to the International Energy Agency, there are an estimated 921-trillion m3 of shale resources around the globe, which is more than five times the proven amount of conventional natural gas reserves.   “Shale gas is an important energy resource in North America and around the world,” says Gary Sturtevant, gas processing business director for UOP. “Our membrane solution offers a novel approach to the critical step of contaminant removal that simplifies start-up and reduces maintenance requirements.”  When complete, the land-based Separex system will remove CO2 from 150-million ft3/d…
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