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Honeywell to provide gas processing plant

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Honeywell’s UOP Russell business will provide a 200 million ft3/d cryogenic gas processing plant to Brazos Midstream, called Comanche III. The plant will extract valuable natural gas liquids (NGLs) from natural gas produced in the Southern Delaware Basin, Texas, US, which is rich in NGLs.

The company will provide the engineering, fabrication and supply of a modular cryogenic NGL recovery unit.

This new plant follows two earlier plants that were also customised to process gas and handle the unique gas composition in the Basin. By combining low capital and operating expense and ultra-high NGL recovery rates, the plants allow Brazos to offer gas producers more favourable processing terms. This positions the company to recover high levels of ethane and propane as prices of NGLs continue to rise.

Cryogenic gas processing plants cool the gas in a demethaniser column until the more valuable NGLs precipitate into a liquid. The heavier components that are extracted from the natural gas can be used as fuels, fuel blending components and other valuable petrochemicals.

“With this plant, Brazos now has chosen UOP Russell technology for 460 million ft3 of gas processing capacity due to our experience with the technology, project management, and reliable installation capabilities,” said Craig Ranta, business director, Honeywell UOP Russell. “This new plant follows the on-time completion earlier this year of Brazos’ Comanche II plant, which will reduce the installation schedule for Comanche III.”

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