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Shell Global Solutions' integrated gas processing and treating technologies
Global energy demand is forecast to rise by 49%, from 2007 – 2035, with much of this increase occurring in India and China, as they grow their economies. According to the US International Energy Administration, natural gas consumption worldwide will increase by 44% from 108 trillion cubic feet in 2007 to 156 trillion cubic feet in 20351. By the year 2025, Indonesia needs to maintain production 1 million barrel per day in production to meet the energy2 demand.
With 50 years’ experience in supporting the Shell Group's upstream operations, Shell Global Solutions (Shell GS) offers leading upstream technologies to third-party customers to mainly improve their efficiency by providing solutions, business and operational consultancy, technical services and R&D expertise to assist companies in optimizing their assets.
Upstream gas operators face tough challenges in removing contaminants from their products, reducing emissions and meeting specifications, but need to minimise life-cycle costs in gas-treating technology.
“Our gas and liquid treating, and sulphur technologies continue to develop and evolve as our operational experience and research and development efforts reveal smarter ways to process the more complex gases we face today,” said Derek Ritchie, Technology Commercialisation and Licensing Manager Upstream Asia Pacific. “Evolving technology designs, new catalyst developments and smart solvents focus on clients’ requirements to meet commercial-sale and emission specifications.”
Shell GS’ gas treating technologies has recently been adopted by PT Pertamina EP for its Matindok gas development project to support the company’s drive towards increased LNG production.
“Recent introductions to our acid gas removal technology include Sulfinol®-X for dealing with complex gas streams containing carbon dioxide and/or hydrogen sulphide specifically with mercaptans and carbonyl sulphide; and the low-temperature SCOT® process in which reduced operating temperatures lead to significant life-cycle cost savings,” said Ritchie. “Shell Global Solutions now also has Cansolv SO2 and CO2 technologies in its treating portfolio. This enables treating of contaminated gas to meet emission controls.”
“The successful management of limiting emissions is an imperative for the world,” said Johan Hazejager, Business Development Director, Shell Global Solutions. “Technology is key to meeting future energy challenges, but not all solutions are easy to implement. 3There is every reason to expect that, in the energy sector, significant potential exists throughout a project’s life cycle, from exploring to decommissioning, to be more sustainable. However, it is a very complex area and issues such as how to best integrate technologies and how to ensure the best balance between upfront costs and life-cycle costs need to be addressed.”
About Shell Global Solutions
Shell Global Solutions provides business and operational consultancy, catalysts, technical services and research and development expertise to the energy and processing industries worldwide. Shell Global Solutions has over 4,700 staff located in an extensive network of offices around the world, with primary commercial and technical centers operating in the USA, Europe and Asia Pacific.