Associated petroleum gas (APG) is a valuable hydrocarbon feedstock. However, from the very beginning of the industrial development of oil deposits mining companies were on the way to its disposal, because in most cases it is the most cost effective way of oil production.
Russian Federation Government Resolution № 7 from January 8th 2009 “On measures aimed at stimulation of reduction of air-pollution by APG combustion products at flares” introduces a 2012 restriction on the disposal of no more than 5% of the produced associated gas.
The problem faced by oil companies when transferring APG to the gas transmission networks is preparation of APG to meet the requirements of OST 51.40-93 and GOST 5542-87. The most popular methods of preparation are low-temperature separation, low-temperature condensation, adsorption drying and membrane separation. Each of these methods has its advantages and disadvantages but they are united by complexity and high cost of equipment, as well as high cost of operating expenses.
Laboratory of filtering materials “E-KO” has tested its in-house composite nanoporous material «E-KO “(ТУ 2215-001-0166385288-2010) as a major unit of the installation for the preparation of APG.
(At the photo you see as moisture that has been separated drains into the settling zone of the filter)
Without energy costs simply by passing the gaseous medium through the block with the filter element separation of condensed moisture and moisture in suspension (fog) is achieved at 99.9% and well as mechanical impurities are removed at up to 99%. Installations for the preparation of APG developed on the basis of the filter element “E-KO” allow to prepare gas corresponding the current regulations. At the same time the equipment used is nonvolatile, compact, mobile, does not require highly skilled maintenance and frequent service shut downs. The cost of our technical solutions tenfold less than the cost of similar technologies available in the Russian and world markets.