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Sulzer wins contract with ExxonMobil to supply gas dehydration technology

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Sulzer is supplying the first ever industrial scale cMIST™ system for natural gas dehydration, with start-up scheduled for 2H20. The unit will be installed at an onshore ExxonMobil facility in the US.

The unit is to be delivered to ExxonMobil’s facility by Sulzer Chemtech, and will be the world’s first commercial application of the cMIST technology in place of conventional glycol contactors. The project will be executed by Sulzer’s specialised engineering centres in Tulsa, Oklahoma, US; Arnhem, the Netherlands; and Pune, India.

The equipment will showcase how this innovative gas processing solution can support companies in the oil and gas sector by meeting stringent requirements for water content in natural gas with a compact and lightweight solution.

ExxonMobil’s patented technology relies on a cMIST droplet generator and Sulzer’s patented HiPerTM Inline separator to deliver the same performance and efficiency as conventional gas dehydration systems based on glycol contactors, while greatly reducing their weight and footprint. As a result, cMIST is particularly beneficial for onshore and offshore facilities, where space is limited. The technology is equally applicable for greenfield or brownfield and can address dehydration capacity and/or efficiency bottlenecks in existing production facilities.

This new project builds on a longstanding partnership between Sulzer and ExxonMobil. ExxonMobil developed its technology for gas dehydration, with the assistance of Sulzer, and subsequently offered Sulzer an exclusive license for the design and supply of its units for onshore and offshore gas dehydration applications.

Ken Dowd, Technology Development Manager at ExxonMobil, commented: “This project will leverage the combined expertise of Sulzer and ExxonMobil in delivering cutting-edge process technologies for gas treating. ExxonMobil have collaborated with Sulzer’s specialised teams on this technology from the development phase and now look forward to deploying the first industrial-scale cMIST field-based unit.”

Danny Thierens, Head of Sales and Market Development – Upstream Systems at Sulzer, concludes: “Sulzer looks forward to completing the installation of the first industrial scale gas dehydration system in close cooperation with ExxonMobil. This innovative plant will demonstrate the benefits of the system to the upstream oil and gas market and will strengthen the confidence of customers that are considering the deployment of this technology.”

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