Overview & Aspiration
Natural gas exiting from reservoir contains a mixture of oil, condensate, water and gas which need to be separated prior to transmission to onshore facilities. For export, the separated gas is compressed and need to be dehydrated (i.e. water moisture removal) prior to transmission, to meet the gas sales specification. Although many technologies are available for removing moisture from gases, the suitability and viability of these technologies need to be assessed. Moreover, there is a growing need to assist industries to develop proprietary technology, and thus gain the competitive advantage in the field of natural gas processing.
The purpose of the creation of this centre is to emulate top-side operations of an oil and gas platform, in particular the gas separation and dehydration process.
The centre has the capabilities of:
Simulating feed gas condition under high-pressure flow rate
Testing any form of separators and dehydration units
Conducting computer aided design and analysis
Undertaking prototyping work and prototype testing
Facilities & Lab Equipment
The centre is equipped with the following:
Experimental test-rig comprising of flow measuring devices, separators and dehydration unit, with computer-based data acquisition system
Computing facility comprising of high performance workstations with CATIA, ANSYS and CFD Fluent softwares
Broadband wireless communication
Dedicated rooms for design work, meetings and discussions.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fakhruldin Mohd Hashim
Head of Gas Separation Research Centre
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP)
32610 Seri Iskandar,
Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia.
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