USA: Specialised Technology Honeywell’s Cryogenic Gas Processing Technology Adopted for Texas Plant
Altus Midstream’s Diamond Central cryogenic gas processing complex in Texas, USA marks the first global use of the Ortloff SRX technology from Honeywell UOP. The technology is capable of recovering natural gas liquids from feed gas.
Illinois/USA – Honeywell has recently announced that Altus Midstream has implemented Ortloff SRX technology from Honeywell UOP at its Diamond Central cryogenic gas processing complex. This marks the first global application of the new technology to recover valuable natural gas liquids (NGLs) from feed gas. The Reeves County, Texas facility began operation in May 2019, now can process up to 600 million standard cubic feet per day of natural gas.
The SRX technology passed performance testing while recovering more than 99 % of ethane and 100 % of propane in ethane recovery mode, and more than 99 % propane in ethane rejection mode at design capacity.
“The Ortloff SRX technology is the most flexible on the market for high-recovery of NGLs and liquefied petroleum gas, providing Altus the flexibility to react to ethane market fluctuations while maintaining more than 99 % recovery of propane and heavier hydrocarbons,” said Ben Owens, vice president and general manager of UOP’s Gas Processing Technologies business. “Altus sought to maximise its potential in an NGL-rich region of the Permian Basin, and SRX delivered a cost-efficient technology that maximises flexibility.”
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. demand for NGLs is growing by more than 10 % annually. NGLs and liquefied petroleum gas are in high demand as petrochemical feedstocks are used in the production of plastics, automotive parts, detergents and countless other products.