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Natural Gas Treatment

BASF Natural Gas experts have a diverse portfolio of products to custom design a solution and help you meet your Natural Gas treatment needs.

BASF has been serving the natural gas treatment market for over 60 years. The Sorbead portfolio is used for the simultaneous removal of water and heavy hydrocarbons for pipeline transportation and underground storage of natural gas. BASF has extended this knowledge and expertise to serve the LNG pre-treatment market with its Durasorb portfolio.

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Durasorb is BASF’s innovation platform for the LNG industry. Durasorb is a custom-tailored solution that combines superior adsorbents with BASF’s expert designs.

Natural gas experts use proprietary design software to model the performance of the adsorbents in all parts of the vessel and optimize the temperature swing adsorption process. Based on the design calculations, BASF natural gas experts choose the ideal combination of adsorbents from the comprehensive BASF portfolio. The resulting installation ensures more efficient removal of contaminants, increases feed gas flexibility, and extends unit lifetime.

Portfolio of Products

BASF provides the full LNG pre-treatment package with its Durasorb and OASE Gas Treatment technology.

Innovative products and technologies solve problems at the plant by removing impurities and providing reflux resistance to increase unit lifetime. Depending on the gas feed conditions, the HRU and Dehy unit can be combined into a single unit, Durasorb Cryo-HRU, capable of removing heavy hydrocarbons and water to cryogenic specifications.

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Durasorb Cryo-HRU

Innovative, step-change technology with dual-purpose performance: removal of heavy hydrocarbons, including BTX, and water to cryogenic specifications in a single unit.

Durasorb HG

Durasorb HG is a sulfided metal oxide adsorbent installed upstream in the LNG pre-treatment train to protect downstream equipment and materials from mercury contamination. Durasorb HG is a high capacity, robust mercury adsorbent designed to operate in the harshest conditions.

Durasorb HRU

Durasorb HRU removes aromatic hydrocarbons (BTX) and heavy hydrocarbons from lean gas feeds in LNG pre-treatment. With a 30% increase in capacity for BTX components, it provides the effective removal of BTX to less than 1ppm without compromising unit efficiency.

Durasorb Dehy

Durasorb Dehy provides reliable dehydration service to LNG producers. The combination bed eliminates degradation from regeneration reflux conditions. Their units have longer bed life, reducing costs and lost production time.

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Using Durasorb technology to extend bed life can eliminate turnarounds, saving significant maintenance costs. Durasorb reduces plant downtime and provides reliable production. Without Durasorb, unplanned maintenance and lost production can become costly.

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* Loss of production is based on plant size and number of shutdown days

Support and Services

BASF supports its customers in the design and operation of temperature swing adsorption units for gas treatment plants.

BASF technical experts provide process design, modeling, and basic engineering. In addition, BASF provides a range of technical services such as debottlenecking and process optimization, troubleshooting and revamps, analytics, and training. BASF tailored solutions address customer specific gas compositions, while considering the CapEx and OpEx priorities of our customers.

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North Morecambe Oil and Gas Journal

This article discusses the technologies and plant configuration supporting North Morecambe terminal's gas processing operations and also presents a brief overview of new dehydration technology offerings BASF developed based on its collaboration at the North Morecambe site.

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COS Minimization in Oil Gas European Magazine

Formation of Carbonyl Sulfide (COS) on Different Adsorbents in Natural Gas Treatment Plants

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Durasorb Cryo-HRU LNG Industry Magazine

Margaret Greene (USA), William Dolan (USA), Justin Pan (USA), Al Maglio (USA), Tobias Eckardt (Germany), BASF, and Harold Boerrigter (Netherlands), Marco Smaling (Netherlands), and Imelda Rusli (UK), Shell, detail a dual-purpose adsorbent technology for combined heavy hydrocarbon and water removal from lean feed gas in LNG to prevent cold box freezing.


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Case Studies

See an example of Durasorb extending unit life and saving costs.

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US NGL Extraction Plant

Customer Case Study - The NGL extraction gas plant is a 200 MMscf/d plant requiring deep dehydration prior to cryogenic separation of NGLs from natural gas. The plant produces 50,000 barrels of NGL per day. Learn how Durasorb lowered operating costs.

Recent News and Media

Shell qualifies BASF Sorbead Adsorption Technology for Carbon Capture and Storage Applications

Sep 29, 2021

Shell qualifies BASF Sorbead® Adsorption Technology for Carbon Capture and Storage Applications

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Nov 14, 2019

BASF launches Durasorb HRU for removal of BTX and heavy hydrocarbons

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Sep 09, 2019

Novel process developed to recover high value products from natural gas

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