Gas Sweetening and Processing Field Manual


  • Maurice Stewart, President, Stewart Training Company
  • Ken Arnold, Ken Arnold Consulting Inc.

Although the processing of natural gas is in many respects less complicated than the processing and refining of crude oil, it is equally as necessary before its use by end users. The actual process used to separate oil from natural gas, as well as the equipment that is used, can vary widely. Gas Sweetening and Processing Field Manual provides engineers with the ability to understand and select the most efficient and cost effective method to fit their individual needs. Designed for engineers, technologists, and operations personnel involved in the design and operation of gas processing facilities, the book starts with an explanation of the terms and theories used throughout the industry. This is followed by clear and rigorous exposition of sweetness processes such as Solid Bed Adsorption, Chemical Solvents, Physical Solvents, Distillation, and Gas Permeation. Exercises appear at the conclusion of each chapter with hints in addition to full solutions.

Other topics include Design Procedure, Design Examples, Problems and Practical Solutions, Value of NGL Components, Liquid Recovery Process, Absorption/Lean Oil Process, Joule-Thomson, Refrigeration and Cryogenic (Expansion Turbine) Plants. Chapters involving applications cover Direct Conversion of H2S to Sulfur, Removal of H2S to Meet Pipeline Qualities, Removal of CO2 to Meet Pipeline Qualities and Selection Charts.

Engineers and process designers will find this text a valuable guide to gas sweetening process and equipment, both in terms of its application to efficient and cost effective operations. It will prove particularly useful to readers who want a "quick reference" guide to field operations and procedures as well as those readers who wish to increase their knowledge of best practices.

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Production Engineers, Reservoir Engineer ,Chemical Engineers, Petroleum Engineers, Pipeline Engineers, Any engineers working with the production, transportation, or drilling of natural gas


Book information

  • Published: October 2011
  • ISBN: 978-1-85617-982-9

Table of Contents

Part One: Gas Sweetening


Section One: Acid Gas Considerations

Section Two: Sweetening Processes

Section Three: Solid Bed Absorption

Section Four: Chemical Solvents

Section Five: Physical Solvents

Section Six: Direct Conversion oh H2S to Sulfur

Section Seven: Distillation Process

Section Eight: Gas Permeation Process

Section Nine: Design Procedure

Section Ten: Design Examples

Section Eleven: Problems and Practical Solutions

Part Two: Gas Processing

Section One: Gas Processing Overview

Section Two: NGL Recovery

Section Three: Value of NGL Components

Section Four: Liquid Recovery Process

Section Five: Absorption/Lean Oil Process

Section Six: Joule-Thomson

Section Seven: Refrigeration

Section Eight: Cryogenic (Expansion Turbine) Plants

Section Nine: Process Selection

Section Ten: Fractionation

Section Eleven: Design Considerations