Retrofit design for gas sweetening processes

Prashant Patil, Zeeshan Malik, Megan Jobson

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    Gas sweetening using amines is an important gas treatment process. Existing gas sweetening units may be revamped to achieve a variety of aims, for example to expand processing capacity, to reduce operating costs, to accommodate a different feed, to reduce emissions levels, etc. Current practice for retrofit design is to use engineering judgement and experience and simulation studies to identify process modifications, but this approach can overlook beneficial options. Instead, a systematic approach for retrofit of gas sweetening units is proposed. The approach involves process simulation, using simplified models, and optimization of both flowsheet configuration and operating conditions using stochastic optimization, namely simulated annealing. The optimization objective considers operating costs, and constraints in the problem formulation guide the soln. towards retrofit designs that are practical and have low capital costs. The method is applied to an industrial case study where the CO2 content in a natural gas feed has increased. Modifications that allow the sales gas specifications to be met are identified and evaluated. [on SciFinder(R)]
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)460-468
    JournalInstitution of Chemical Engineers. Symposium Series
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


    • Natural gas Role: PUR (Purification or recovery), PREP (Preparation) (retrofit design for gas sweetening processes)
    • gas sweetening retrofit design
    • natural gas feed carbon dioxide content


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