GPA Europe February 2021 Newsletter
Stay involved with us in 2021, membership renewals for 2021 have all been sent out and we look forward to seeing you at one of our virtual events, and hopefully conference, this year.
A message from our Chairperson, Gary Bowerbank.
"It may be a little late, but let me still wish you all the best for 2021. Many of us will be continuing to #WFH (work form home), home school the kids and manage various degrees of lockdown restrictions. It’s in these times where we all need to pull together and support each other, family, friends and colleagues. This is also true for GPA Europe, we will continue to support our members and the Gas Processing industry in 2021 (and beyond), and will be continuing our Virtual Events Series (free to members), publishing In Brief, monthly Newsletters and, if circumstances allow, a face to face conference later in the year. In parallel we will continuing our Key Strategic Initiative workstreams, so expect to see further updates and announcements throughout the year.
If you have any other ideas how we can help you and your company, do let us know at [email protected]. Gary"
Virtual Event Series 2021
The digital journey continues 19 February 2021!
Be part of our digital journey continuing on 19 February 2021 with the next Technical Session. We are delivering high quality presentations directly to you, our members, for free in the comfort of your home or office.
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Thank you from all of us at GPA Europe to Ralf Notz from BASF SE and Fabrice Rey from Technip France for presenting at our Virtual Young Professional Session on 14 January 2021. Ralf illustrated how the engineering workflow can be improved by CAPE-OPEN: "Digitalization in the design and optimization of acid gas removal units". Fabrice described new technology that makes it possible to consider Immersive Training Simulators (ITS) using 3D Models to produce training solutions, reducing costs and schedule and improving safety.
Thank you also to Martin Copp from Parker Hannifin for presenting at our Virtual Technical Workshop on 21 January 2021. Martin's Workshop looked at the types of filters and coalescers commonly employed, operational issues that might be encountered and ways to identify what is causing the operational issues. A slightly different format for this session, we had Polls to keep everyone on their toes!
Did you miss the sessions? All our sessions from the Virtual Event Series are available for GPA Europe members to watch for free on our website here.
GPA Europe would like to thank our sponsors:
Registration is now open: gpaeurope.com/event/gpa-europe-virtual-series-2021
We will update you via our website, www.gpaeurope.com, and on our social media platforms as our plans take shape. Don't forget to connect with us on LinkedIn, follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook.
As always, we want to hear from you, our GPA Europe members. If you have topics of interest or would like to be involved in our virtual events, please do get in touch with us at [email protected].
GPA Europe Key Strategic Initiative Groups
Our Energy Champions groups have kicked off with their focuses on each ‘new’ gas vector identified: Biogas, CCS and Hydrogen & Ammonia. We hope to provide you with developments within these areas throughout the coming months.
If you would be interested in being part of our Energy Champion groups, please get in touch with us at [email protected]
In order to continually improve and ensure we are meeting our Member’s needs; we would really value any feedback you have on the work carried out under these KSI groups. Please can you complete our online feedback form or provide direct via email to [email protected]
We will be continuing the work started by our Key Strategic Initiatives groups if you are interested in being part of a group, or would like more information, please let us know at [email protected]
Paper of the Month
We will be highlighting a paper of relevance from our archives each month.
This month we are looking back to a paper on Gas Sweetening from Laura A. Pellegrini & Stefano Langé, Politecnico di Milano, Oldrich Mikus, Stamicarbon, and Barbara Picutti, Paolo Vergani, Guido Franzoni, Marco Lo Savio & Fabio Brignoli, Tecnimont. Presented by Stefano Langé from Politecnico di Milano and Fabio Brignoli of Tecnimont at our 2015 Annual Conference in Florence:
In the presentation, Fabio considered the use of cryogenic distillation for natural gas sweetening. A process based on a "dual-pressure" cryogenic distillation unit was proposed, a high-pressure column for the CO2 bulk removal and a low-pressure column for the methane recovery, which allow a complete separation of CO2 and H2S from methane, whilst avoiding the CO2 freezing.
"The application of traditional chemical absorption of CO2 and H2S by means of alkanolamines is not competitive for natural gas sweetening when the amount of acid gas is high, because the energy required by these processes is proportional to the quantity of acid components to be removed.
On the other hand, the cryogenic distillation technologies can be usefully applied to process natural gas with any amount of acid components, since the costs are incrementally reduced, the higher the acid gas content in the stream.
In the amine washing separation methods, CO2 and H2S are recovered at low pressures (nominally 1-2 bar) and need then to be dried and then compressed for re-injection into underground storage; on the contrary cryogenic distillation technologies discharge the CO2 and H2S mixture as a high pressure liquid, with a commercial advantage when this stream is re-injected for storage into depleted reservoirs or for EOR purposes.
An innovative process based on a "dual-pressure" cryogenic distillation unit is proposed with its two sections (the high-pressure column for the CO2 bulk removal and the low-pressure column for the methane recovery) working across the critical pressure of methane and the SVL locus of the binary CO2-CH4 mixture. This allows a complete separation of CO2 and H2S from methane, while avoiding the CO2 freezing.
A dynamic simulation study has been developed in order to validate the process architecture and to define the unit start-up procedure, while a laboratory experimental campaign is beginning."
Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities
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We have multiple sponsorship opportunities at our events, as well as advertising within In Brief and our Newsletter - contact us for more information.
Our November 2020 Issue of In Brief is out on the streets - Check it out!
If you would like to contribute towards our May 2021, we have an opportunity to get involved. A chance to promote your name through the industry.
In Brief is a great opportunity to gain product recognition to the GPA Europe membership.
Please contact the GPA E Team for more information - [email protected]
GPSA Engineering Databook - 14th Edition
The 14th edition of the GPSA Engineering Databook is available with up to the minute improvements and the latest data.
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Every process engineer should have one!
Gulf Energy Information
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