Flexible Glycol Reclamation to Fit Your Needs
Dehydration is a necessary step in natural gas processing. Produced gas is saturated with water and contaminants, such as ethane, butane, propane, hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide, that must be removed to safely transport and process the gas. Removing these compounds from the gas stream prevents the formulation of hydrates and corrosion in the pipelines, ensuring only pipeline quality dry natural gas travels safely downstream to its destination.
To effectively strip the gas stream of its water and pollutant content, most dehydration systems rely on glycol, which absorbs water vapor and other contaminants from wet gas. But this key input remains costly at nearly $12/gallon, and the cost of glycol can quickly become staggering. Glycol dehydrators are the most common equipment to remove water from gas, with 36,000 dehydration units in natural gas production, gathering and boosting, as noted in a 2007 Durango Producers Technology Transfer Workshop (EPA).
The PACER by Cimarron Tank works to alleviate the cost of glycol through a patented glycol reclamation process. Whether connected directly to a dehydrator or used in a batch process at a holding tank, the PACER’s capacity to clean and reclaim spent glycol dramatically reduces the need to replenish glycol stores by up to 90 percent. With the PACER on the line, operators can minimize glycol expenditures to as little as 10 percent of their current spending. The PACER’s mobile platform also offers operators the flexibility to move the unit quickly and easily to anywhere there is natural gas production, processing, transmission and storage.
The self-contained PACER unit operates using a sidestream process in which spent glycol passes through the system for purification without shutting down the dehydrator. As the glycol runs through the PACER, the unit cleans both the glycol and the dehydrator unit itself. The PACER removes dissolved solids and other contaminants and reduces the volume of operationally unfriendly waste disposal by 97 percent, cutting disposal costs and protecting the environment.
Mobility is just one of the many operational advantages the PACER by Cimarron Tank provides. Discover how the PACER can boost your bottom line, protect the longevity of your equipment and ensure the quality of your final product.
United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2007, Sept. 13). Natural Gas Dehydration. Retrieved from https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-07/documents/08_natural_gas_dehydration_durango_2007.pdf.