FORNEBU, Norway – The Research Council of Norway is providing $0.41 million of funding to Fjords Processing’s monoethylene glycol (MEG) joint industry project (JIP), which is due to be completed in mid-2018.
Statoil, Shell, Total, and Chevron are supporting the JIP, which is targeting qualification of patent pending technologies that could deliver a new generation of more efficient and operationally stable MEG plants.
They aim to find ways of enhancing the current design of MEG systems by developing technologies to remove organic acid salts, hydrocarbon and mercury from existing and future MEG plants.
Fjords Processing claims further development of anti-solvent based technology for removal of organic acid salts will help the process of separating salts and regenerating anti-solvent for reuse.
Technologies for hydrocarbon and mercury removal from MEG streams could also be qualified on a pilot scale.
Once testing has been completed the results will be used to develop and qualify new solutions for greenfield and brownfield projects.
Potential benefits include improved stability of the plant operation, an overall reduction in MEG loss, and reduction in hazardous waste resulting from mercury and hydrocarbon discharge. All these gains should also lead to reduced opex for the operators, while reducing the overall environmental footprint of MEG systems may also prove safer for operations personnel.
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