Brazos Midstream Holdings LLC. announced Monday Honeywell UOP would upgrade two of its cryogenic processing plants. The two plants, located in the Permian Basin, in Reeves County, Texas, will be upgraded using new technology that can increase ethane and propane recovery.
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Brazos Midstream: new technologies for natural gas processing
Honeywell UOP will upgrade two Brazos Midstream processing plants. The existing plants have a 200 million cubic feet per day (ftd3/d) capacity.
The upgrading will consist of transitioning the plants from a gas subcooled process (GSP) to a recycle split vapor technology (RSV). Honeywell UOP’s Orloff Engineers division has developed this technology.
In this regard, fabrication and assembly of the modular Brazos Midstream RSV will be provided by UOP Russell.
“The Ortloff RSV2 technology significantly improves the economics of gas processing by extracting more of the valuable natural gas liquids which otherwise would be rejected into the residue stream,” said David Dickinson, Midstream Business Leader at Honeywell UOP.
“With more than 150 GSP plants in operation in the US midstream, UOP is uniquely positioned to provide scalable solutions incorporating Ortloff technology to help midstream companies improve the profitability of their existing assets.”
Honeywell UOP: Orloff RSV technology
According to Honeywell, the Ortloff RSV technology improves conventional GSP cryogenic gas processing by recycling the gas product to increase the recovery rate of NGLs from about 92% to nearly 100%.
With the upgraded technology, Brazos Midstream believes its two plants will be better able to process the NGL-rich gas in Reeves County. By combining low capital and operating expense, the plants can provide significantly better operating margins.
Neither UOP nor Brazos Midstream provided additional details on the proposed upgrade or a timeline for its commissioning. However, UOP did confirm its Russell business will provide fabrication and assembly of the modular RSV units.
Brazos Midstream previously let a contract to UOP to provide engineering, fabrication, and supply of proprietary UOP Russell modular cryogenic NGL-recovery units for its Comanche I, II, and III plants in the Delaware portion of the Permian basin (OGJ Online, Jan. 23, 2018; Oct. 10, 2017).
Comanche III extracts valuable natural gas liquids (NGLs) from natural gas produced in Texas’s Southern Delaware Basin.