Texas Processor Getting Modular Help to Recover NGLs

Special to Pipeline & Gas Journal

Honeywell will provide a modular Honeywell UOP Russell cryogenic gas processing plant to help EagleClaw Midstream Ventures recover valuable natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the Permian Basin. Midland, TX-based EagleClaw is focused on developing midstream infrastructure opportunities in the Permian Basin of West Texas and Southeast New Mexico.

The skid-mounted modular plant will be shipped via semi-trucks to EagleClaw’s East Toyah plant from Honeywell UOP’s manufacturing plant in Tulsa, OK. When it enters operation, the unit is capable of processing 200 MMscf/d of natural gas to extract NGLs.

“Customers such as EagleClaw are building new capacity in response to demand for NGLs, which are used as fuel additives and petrochemical feedstocks,” said John Gugel, vice president and general manager for Honeywell UOP’s Gas Processing and Hydrogen business.

“Because this unit is shop-fabricated and shipped as a modular system, it benefits from standardized design and construction techniques that ensure fast project completion and highly reliable performance,” he said.

Modular gas processing plants allow midstream gas companies to expand incrementally as feed volumes increase over time using parallel process trains, and to upgrade facilities with additional process capabilities or to adapt to changing feedstocks and product slates.

“Our goal is to stay a step ahead of our customers’ processing needs and provide the optionality they need to move hydrocarbons to the best possible markets,” said EagleClaw President and CEO Bob Milam.

Honeywell UOP Russell equipment is designed to make both the natural gas stream producer and the midstream service provider more competitive. Today, over 100 of the modular cryogenic units are in operation in North America.

The pre-engineered modular equipment can be shipped easily to remote locations. Modules fit together easily and efficiently, significantly reducing construction time and expense, and enhancing reliability after start-up. This enables customers to more quickly begin processing gas and earning revenue. The standardized modular approach helps drive greater ease of operation for the customer due to common parts, skid and installation layouts, and spares that simplify training, operations and maintenance.

NGLs include ethane, propane, butanes and higher molecular weight hydrocarbons commonly found in natural gas streams. The components of NGLs can be used for heating or to manufacture plastics, chemicals and blending components that raise the octane level of transportation fuels.

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