Upstream Oil/Gas Processing

Although the individual processes are not as complicated as refinery processes, the dynamic and shutdown / startup issues are complex, especially in remote locations. A thorough understanding of these issues for startup and shutdown, manned and unmanned facilities, emergency control and overpressure protection, black startups, compressor train balancing and many other issues are provided by our team.

PROCESS is able to provide a number of standard services to upstream processors for both Onshore facilities as well as Offshore.




PROCESS can help with the following common issues in all areas of upstream processing.

Upstream Oil Processing

  • Oil/Gas Separation and Testing Separation
  • Flaring reduction/elimination
  • Hydrate prediction and prevention
  • MEG/Corrosion Inhibitor Injection
  • Glycol dehydration
  • Desanding
  • Desalting

Gas Processing

  • Slugcatcher specification
  • Hydrate prediction and prevention
  • Dehydration: MEG injection, silica gel, zeolite adsorption
  • Amine absorption
  • Dewpoint control unit
  • Mercury removal unit
  • Gas pipeline compression
  • Flow metering
  • Condensate stabilization

NGL processing and LPG Fractionation

  • Merox treatment
  • Benzene extraction
  • Advanced column control
  • Condensate stabilization
  • iC5 rich extraction

View a listing of Upstream Hydrocarbons Projects here.

Integrating Licensed Technologies

PROCESS can first help the client identify and evaluate technologies suitable for their well composition and then provide the 'balance of plant' process design to effectively integrate the new technology into a client's onshore or offshore platform operations. The process work is not finished after a technology is purchased, there is almost always a host of plant integration issues outside the battery limits. This often includes utilities systems, pretreatment adaptations for specific feeds, downstream storage, and more. Utilizing PROCESS for this purpose helps ensure an effective rollout will occur, and helps remove liability for both the client and the technology provider.




Taking Advantage of Gas To Liquids Opportunities

With today's demand for liquid fuels, gas well operators are more and more looking toward Gas To Liquids (GTL) technologies as a way to convert stranded gas or gas that was once flared to a substantial salable product such as kerosene or jet fuel. The opportunities for enhanced profitability is especially good for remote fields with large gas content. In fact, most of the major unit operations are contained within a few purchased process technologies such as Rectisol® and Selexol® which remove acid gases such as H2S, CO2, etc. We have significant experience in Gas to Liquids (GTL) processes (view GTL projects completed) and can provide valuable assistance in implementing such new processes. Whether the process is making gasoline, diesel, or simply cleaning up and liquefying raw gas to meet LNG specifications, PROCESS can help.





Amine Absorption

PROCESS' engineers have in-depth experience with amine processing, including conversion of plant equipment and processing from one amine to BASF's aMDEA, as well as plant specification and troubleshooting. This experience also includes crucial equipment differences caused by increased loading of the amine.

PROCESS is able to optimize amine losses and energy consumption, sometimes by installing advanced control schemes.

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