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

This new technology provides a simplified pre-treatment line-up and increases feed gas flexibility. Proprietary adsorbents ensure the removal of trace hydrocarbons, including BTX, which can cause freezing in the coldbox and unplanned plant shutdowns. Durasorb® LNG MAX ensures reliable plant operations and continuous LNG production.


BASF Natural Gas Treatment experts, positioned around the world, work closely with the customer to provide a tailored solution for the most challenging cases, including heavy gas feeds, gas feeds that contain light mercaptans, and light gas feeds that contain trace heavy hydrocarbons and BTX. Our global network of experts respond quickly to customer inquiries and provide unmatched technical support through the lifetime of the unit.

In 2020, BASF worked closely with Shell to qualify Durasorb® LNG MAX technology. Watch the video to learn more about the technology, the qualification process, and the collaboration.


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Leveraging decades of experience designing TSA units for the treatment of natural gas, BASF has developed a multi-layer bed that is resistant to liquid hydrocarbon and water carryover and removes trace heavy hydrocarbons, BTX, and water to cryogenic specifications. With an extensive portfolio of adsorbents at their fingertips, technical experts design the bed to address challenging gas feeds and model all aspects of the adsorption unit to ensure continuous operation for more than 4 years. The newly developed product, Durasorb® BTX, has 30% greater capacity for benzene, toluene, and xylenes compared to other commercially available materials.

Using proprietary modeling tools, BASF technical experts provide unit simulations, including dynamic adsorption and regeneration profiles. This level of detail allows the customer to fully optimize the plant around the adsorption unit, resulting in CapEx and OpEx savings.

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This new technology combines hydrocarbon removal and dehydration into a single unit to provide natural gas that is ready for liquefaction.

With Durasorb® LNG MAX, your business benefits from:

  • Unit designs and simulations from best-in-class modeling tools
  • Reduced risk of coldbox freezing and unplanned shutdowns
  • Increased profit from reliable operations and long life-time warranties
  • Increased operational flexibility and ease of adapting to changing feed
    gas conditions
  • Engineering and technical support for smooth project execution and optimized plant performance

Durasorb® LNG MAX is available as a drop-in retrofit solution or to reduce capital expenditure for a new project.

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.

BASF delivers:

Unit Designs and Simulations

Engineering Services

Technical Services

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Process Warranty



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Durasorb® LNG MAX offers a proven alternative to conventional approaches

Struggling to remove mercaptans and keep project costs in line? Time to consider Durasorb® LNG MAX!

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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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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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