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Producers Midstream LP will use UOP Russell modular cryogenic equipment to process 200 million f3/d of natural gas at its gas processing facility in the Delaware Basin, western Texas, US.

Cryogenic units extract high-value natural gas liquids (NGLs) from natural gas streams by refrigeration to extremely low temperatures. These NGLs – ethane, propane and butanes – are typically used for heating or to manufacture plastics, chemicals and fuels. When the new plant enters service next year, it will serve gas producers in the Wolfcamp, Bone Springs and Avalon formations of the Delaware Basin.

The plant’s mechanical equipment allows it to run at different capacities to accommodate additional wells and changes in feed supply. The plant can also switch between ethane rejection and recovery modes as demand for ethane changes.

Craig Ranta, business director, UOP Russell, commented: “Because it’s so flexible, the plant can deliver top recovery rates with changing gas composition, and with minimal downtime.”

UOP Russell’s pre-engineered modular equipment fits together easily and efficiently, significantly reducing construction time and expense, and enhancing reliability after start-up.

“Producers Midstream selected UOP Russell because of its ability to customise specific designs based on operating philosophies, vendor preferences and broad experience with changing feeds,” Ranta added. “In addition, the plant can be assembled, shipped, and put into operation very quickly, allowing Producers Midstream to begin generating revenue much sooner.”

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