Amines Provide Critical Role in Energy Renewalblueskyadmin
Across North America, a renewal is taking place in the energy industry, largely due to improved technologies for the extraction of shale oil and gas. A variety of processes is frequently used to effectively bring these valuable products to market, including amine gas treating. Also frequently referred to as gas sweetening plants, amine plants are relied upon for carbon dioxide removal and hydrogen sulfide removal from natural gas streams so that it can be transferred to pipelines. Amine plants utilize water-based, heat-regenerable amine solvents for the removal of such impurities.
The process works by introducing natural gas into an absorber. Amine is introduced from the top of the absorber. The amine and gas are then brought into contact through the use of special trays. Amine then works to absorb the H2S and CO2. Once purified, the natural gas is able to exit through the top of the absorber as part of an exothermic reaction. The amine is then transmitted to a regeneration system where it is filtered in order to remove heavy hydrocarbons and particulates.