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US technology to process pre-salt natural gas for Petrobras

29th November 2012

UOP’s technology selected by Petrobras for offshore natural gas processing in Brazil

US technology to process pre-salt natural gas for Petrobras
UOP is expected to deliver the units from 2013 to 2017

US oil and gas refining equipment provider UOP will see its technology service oil giant Petrobras in offshore natural gas processing in Brazil.

The firm on Thursday announced that its Separex membrane systems will process natural gas on up to eight floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels which will operate in the Lula field, located in the pre-salt development area of the Santos Basin, 250 km offshore Rio de Janeiro.

The technology will remove carbon dioxide and water from as much as 6 million standard cubic meters of natural gas per day, the company said in a written statement. Part of the systems will be produced locally in Brazil.

“The continued selection of our gas processing membrane systems extends a long business relationship with Petrobras,” said Rebecca Liebert, vice president and general manager for gas processing and hydrogen at UOP. “UOP Separex technology offers high hydrocarbon recovery, a solvent-free process and low operating costs.”

The Brazilian petroleum major awarded the units in October 2011. UOP is expected to deliver the units from 2013 to 2017. The new UOP Separex systems for Petrobras join two units already installed aboard FPSOs owned and operated by a third party in the Tupi and Guará fields.

Discovered in 2006, the Lula field lies below 2,000 metres of water and 5,000 m of salt, sand and rocks. Its high energy and resource return potential once lead former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio da Silva to describe it as “Brazil’s second independence”.

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