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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.


Durasorb® is BASF’s innovation platform for the LNG industry and 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® LNG MAX, capable of removing heavy hydrocarbons and water to cryogenic specifications.

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Durasorb® LNG MAX

New name - proven BASF quality: Durasorb® Cryo-HRU is now Durasorb® LNG MAX. Our 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.

Less downtime, more profit.

Extending dehydration bed life can reduce planned downtime and increase operational availability. More operational availability means more production and more profit.

If your current molecular sieve bed turnaround schedule does not match the major turnaround of the plant, use the calculator below to see how much additional profit you could realize by extending bed life with Durasorb®.

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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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The solution to coldbox freezing - LNG Industry Magazine

Dr. Tobias Eckardt, Dr. Margaret Greene, Dr. William Dolan, and Justin Pan, (BASF), and Stephen Holmes, Stephen Hughes, and Kevin Cunning (Kinder Morgan), outline how they addressed heavy hydrocarbon freezing while boosting yield at the Elba Island LNG Facility. (LNG Industry Magazine, August 2023)

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Innovation in Dehydration in LNG Industry Magazine

Margaret Greene (USA) and Tobias Eckardt (Germany), BASF, and Patrick Peters and Javed Adam (Trinidad and Tobago), EG LNG, discuss how new materials and bed designs can solve molecular sieve degradation issues and increase LNG production.

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Durasorb LNG MAX 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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COS Minimization in Oil Gas European Magazine

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

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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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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

P10723 Exxon Mobil Durasorb

Jan 17, 2023

ExxonMobil awards BASF Durasorb Cryo-HRU with technology qualification for LNG pre-treatment

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Dec 02, 2020

Shell qualifies BASF Durasorb Cryo-HRU technology for removal of heavy hydrocarbons and water from natural gas

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Nov 14, 2019

BASF launches Durasorb HRU for removal of BTX and heavy hydrocarbons

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