Engelhard and Shell join forces for new hydrocarbon dew pointing process

Jul 13, 2000 02:00 AM

Engelhard and Shell Global Solutions International announced an alliance in which the two companies are joining forces to design, market and license a new hydrocarbon dew pointing process for natural gas. The new process will enable natural gas to be conditioned and transported more cost effectively than existing technologies.
The foundation of the alliance is a process that removes heavy hydrocarbons and water from natural gas onto a proprietary adsorbent based on Engelhard's unique Sorbead technology. The process changes the dew point of the gas, which enables it to be transported more economically. Another cost savings benefit is the recovery of heavy hydrocarbons. Use of Sorbead, which allows longer run times and reduces unplanned unit shutdowns, also contributes to overall cost efficiency.
The joint team will draw on extensive application experience. Engelhard, which has been in the separations and purification business for more than 40 years, supplies its Sorbead adsorption technologyto more than 200 natural-gas plants world-wide. In addition, the company has extensive technical and marketing expertise in this area.

For many years Shell Global Solutions International has provided Shell operating companies with technical support for their natural gas plants that employ a silica gel hydrocarbon dew pointing process. Shell Global Solutions International also has developed tools to design and simulate the new hydrocarbon dew pointing process.
"Shell's insight into this process and its strong market position in natural-gas-treating technologies - combined with Engelhard's extensive experience in adsorption technology applications - make this a natural pairing," Dr. Thomas Schulz, market manager and head of the alliance team for Engelhard. "Pooling our expertise and other resources with Engelhard will allow us to deliver enhanced value to natural-gas companies," says Pierre van Grinsven, gas treating business group manager and head of the Shell Global Solutions International alliance team.

Engelhard is a world-leading provider of environmental technologies, speciality chemical and performance products and related services. The company's separation systems business delivers a uniquely broad portfolio of separation and purification technologies used in the manufacture of a wide variety of products across a vast spectrum of industries.

Shell Global Systems International, part of Shell, is an international technology business that delivers integrated services that add to its customers' bottom line. Shell Global Solutions has strong market positions in gas-treating technologies through products that include ADIP, Sulfinol, SCOT and, more recently, a biological H2S removal process developed with Paques and UOP.

Source: Business Wire
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