Linde Gases has announced the launch of its pioneering mobile technology that removes carbon dioxide (CO2) from early flowback natural gas.
The new mobile gas cleanup unit (MGCU) uses membrane technology to remove up to 98% of the CO2 in the production stream.
“Linde has created an economical and environmentally friendly alternative to flaring,” said Robin Watts, Program Manager, Well Completions, Linde North America. “Our mobile gas cleanup unit scrubs CO2 so producers can monetise early flowback natural gas while minimising flaring and greenhouse gas emissions. One of the many challenges producers face is finding a way to improve well economics while complying with environmental regulations. Linde has designed the MGCU so operators can employ it profitably even during relatively short windows of operation and at low natural gas prices. It is also designed to be cost-effective at lower process volumes – including associated gas rates from oil wells.”
San Antonio-based Mortimer Exploration Co. used the MGCU over a one month deployment to clean up gas from one of their newly completed South Texas wells.
“The results were way better than we had even hoped,” said Glenn Mortimer, President of Mortimer Exploration Co. “Without the mobile gas cleanup unit, we would have incurred significant additional costs with alternative solutions and lost the revenue we were able to monetise by eliminating flaring and selling the gas into the pipeline.”
The trailer-mounted skid unit can be deployed to well sites even in remote locations.
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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