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EPSRC Reference: GR/N20690/01
Title: SIMULTANEOUS CO2 SEPARATION FROM NATURAL GAS AND CONVERSION TO METHANOL
Principal Investigator: Waugh, Professor KC
Other Investigators:
Senior, Professor P Anderson, Professor MW Davies, Professor G
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Advanced Research Partnership Flegler Investment Company Inc
Department: Chemical Engineering
Organisation: UMIST
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 October 2000 Ends: 31 December 2002 Value (£): 102,643
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Oil & Gas Extraction
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Chemicals Energy
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This project focuses on the removal of carbon dioxide from the well-head gas stream.A highly novel, single stage process, adsorption and reaction using a modified zeolite as a catalyst will be studies. The advantages of this approach over a separation process alone for CO2 is that it produces a liquid product which is used in some petroleum production processes (for hydrate suppression), and is a way of essentially recycling the carbon. Methanol is, of course, also an important industrial chemical and a fuel, and could be used to supply Methanol fuel cells to provide power for some of the topside or subsea subsystems.In a recent survey undertaken, the CO2 produced in the reservoir gas in the UK is of the order of that used in other UK industrial such as refrigeration, food and beverages, building materials manufacture and fire fighting appliances (this does not take into account the C2 which is generated in use (combustion) of natural gas which is, of course, much higher).Thus this project could enable reductions in the carbon dioxide emissions of the offshore hydrocarbon extraction industry, and the use of clean technologies for powering some of the topsides and subsea systems.
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