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U.S. Industry Metrics

7/1/2020

Henry Hub (HH) natural gas spot prices and NGL spot prices continued their downward trend through June.

Achieve superior LPG dispersion in LNG feed pipelines with an injection mixer

7/1/2020

New injection mixing technology can generate superior LPG dispersion and vaporization in LNG natural gas pipelines over more traditional and conventional methods, driving evaluation of the technology in other LNG applications.

Interchangeable skids minimize downtime in gas processing plants

7/1/2020

Natural gas production is expected to steadily climb in the coming decades, increasing by up to 59% by 2050.

Natural gas phase separation and mercury removal

7/1/2020

Gas processing plants are integral parts of the natural gas value chain.

Improve the safety and efficiency of natural gas sweetening units

7/1/2020

After natural gas is extracted from onshore and offshore sites, it must be transported and processed. Raw natural gas is processed for purification, separation and liquefaction.

Innovations to reduce cost and schedule for small-scale LNG

7/1/2020

A small-scale LNG (ssLNG) plant does not equate to small design challenges.

Editorial Comment: China eyes continued expansion of smaller-scale LNG

7/1/2020

Smaller-scale liquefaction in China, the world’s second-largest LNG importer, has experienced growth in recent years as China’s government integrates more gas into the country’s energy matrix.

Executive Q&A Viewpoint: SeaOne expands South American energy options with Compressed Gas Liquid technology

7/1/2020

SeaOne is a midstream infrastructure and logistics company that leverages its patented Compressed Gas Liquid (CGL™) technology to lower energy costs in various markets, generating new opportunities for economic growth and environmental stewardship.

Arctic LNG sea fleet: Carrying gas from the cold

5/1/2020

At present, 20 of the world’s approximately 500 in-service LNG carriers are used, or planned for use, to carry natural gas produced by the world’s northernmost LNG liquefaction projects.

U.S. Industry Metrics

5/1/2020

Natural gas production climbed in the U.S. last year, despite decreasing rig counts, reaching a record high of 96.3 Bft3d of dry natural gas production in November 2019.

Natural gas industry and markets organization

5/1/2020

At the inception of the natural gas industry, the vertically integrated company (VIC) was the prominent form of organizational structure. In this type of organization, a single operator controls the entire value chain, from exploration and production to transmission and distribution to end users.

Defending midstream operations against cyber threats: ransomware

5/1/2020

The midstream and LNG sectors already have many strategic and day-to-day operational concerns, but now they must be wary of ransomware, a cybersecurity threat to operational technology (OT).

Fundamentals of turboexpander design and operation

5/1/2020

A turboexpander is a rotating machine with an expansion turbine that converts the energy contained in a gas into mechanical work, much like a steam or gas turbine.

Comparative study of DEA and MDEA treatments of acid gas

5/1/2020

Egypt’s consumption of natural gas for all end uses (residential, industrial, commercial and power generation) has increased rapidly due to the growth of new markets, the use of natural gas in the production of petrochemicals and fertilizers, and rising demand for LPG.

Upgrade control systems to improve pipeline safety and efficiency

5/1/2020

Pipelines remain the safest way to transport hydrocarbons. However, perceptions do not always match reality, as incidents in recent years have stoked public concerns about pipeline safety. To help prevent incidents and maintain and enhance the safety record of pipelines, industry must address one o..

Calculate likelihood of piping failure from high-frequency acoustic vibration

5/1/2020

The failure of a piping section at the outlet of pressure safety valves (PSVs) and control valves, where significant differential pressure exists, is a common problem, particularly in gas processing.

Editorial Comment

5/1/2020

Global gas is facing a demand hit from the coronavirus pandemic and a structural oversupply in the LNG market following the startups of new LNG export projects in Australia and the U.S.

Industry Focus: Russia Accelerates Fight For Global Gas Export Market Share

5/1/2020

Russia aims to ramp up its efforts to gain more gas export market share this year, despite an unfavorable business environment and growing pressure from major competitors.

Regional Focus: South Africa’s transport strategy to shape country’s gas sector

5/1/2020

South Africa’s Gas Utilization Master Plan outlines how the gas sector will be developed. As the country proceeds with the plan,

New in Gas Processing Technology

3/1/2020

ControlAir LLC, a manufacturer of precision pneumatic and electro-pneumatic control products, recently announced the expansion of the Type 2000 Electro-Pneumatic Valve Positioner series to include worldwide safety approvals for use with natural gas when paired with the Type 950 Explosion-proof I/P Transducer.

Global Project Data

3/1/2020

Hydrocarbon Processing’s Construction Boxscore Database and Gulf Energy Information’s Energy Web Atlas are tracking nearly 400 active gas processing/LNG projects around the world.

U.S. Industry Metrics

3/1/2020

On January 24, the near-month natural gas Henry Hub futures price at the New York Mercantile Exchange closed at $1.893/MMBtu, the lowest January closing price for the near-month contract since January 27, 1999.

Gas Processing News

3/1/2020

After a record influx of LNG into Europe in 2019, the region is on track to raise imports to nearly 100 metric MMtpy.

Natural gas pipeline systems and operations

3/1/2020

In the 4th century BC, Chinese historian Chang Qu described a strange "air of fire" used to light up rooms and to produce salt by boiling brine.

Wearing in PEEK seals

3/1/2020

Pressure rise across successive compression stages requires seals at the impeller eye and rotor shaft to prevent gas backflow from the discharge to the inlet end of the compressor.

All-electric LNG maximizes process control in the Arctic

3/1/2020

In the high latitudes of Norway, 300 mi above the Arctic Circle on the remote island of Melkøya, is Equinor’s Hammerfest LNG plant.

LNG looks to digitalization to ease the pressure of a tight fiscal market

3/1/2020

Natural gas, as the cleanest-burning hydrocarbon and in its abundance, is a significant part of the future energy mix.

Process selection for deep COS removal from feed gas

3/1/2020

A plan by Saudi Aramco to increase Saudi Arabia's crude processing capacity includes grassroots facilities for processing approximately 2,500 MMsft3d of feed gas from various offshore fields.

Business Trends: China pushes shale gas drilling amid corporate shakeups

3/1/2020

In what appears to be a move to increase domestic energy production and self-reliance, as well as boost competition among foreign companies, China is reorganizing its state-owned energy firms and widening the invitation to shale gas drillers.

Executive Viewpoint: Innovative DCS targets biogas, LNG applications

3/1/2020

New technologies, both process and digital, are revitalizing the hydrocarbon processing industry. Gas Processing & LNG talked with Jani Hautaluoma, Director of Process Automation for Valmet Automation, about the application of new production processes and digital advances for biogas and LNG production.