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- Artículo de Publicación PeriódicaEnergy requirements, GHG emissions and investment costs in natural gas sweetening processes(2017-01) Gutiérrez, Juan Pablo; Ale Ruiz, Elisa Liliana; Erdmann, Eleonora"Currently, different technologies are being employed to remove CO2 and H2S from the natural gas. Based on chemical phenomenon, the absorption using alkanolamines is probably the most extended process for the acid gas removal. However, membrane technologies are considered as an alternative in specific cases for their better performances, cleanness, energy requirements, operative costs and location flexibility. The aim of this article is to estimate, compare and analyze the energy requirements, greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions and investment costs of three Natural Gas Sweetening processes. For the study, a regular process using methyldiethanolamine (MDEA), the absorption process using recompressed vapor and a membrane system were simulated using Aspen Hysys v8.8. For the first case, real data from the gas plant Aguaragüe (Argentina) was used to validate the model. To establish a proper comparison, a natural gas with 4 mol.% of CO2 is considered as the inlet stream of each configuration. Specifically, compression and pump power, specific total heat, removed CO2, CH4 wastes and capital costs were estimated and compared for each case. Additionally, a discussion including different aspects in regard to the energy efficiency of the processes was conducted. Although the proposed membrane system demonstrated to reduce the energy requirements (77% and 72%) and emissions (80% and 76%) in respect to both absorption processes, the CH4 losses were higher by more than 6 factor. Moreover, the investment cost of the technology is 12% higher than the required capital of a conventional amine process."
- Artículo de Publicación PeriódicaA sensitivity analysis and a comparison of two simulators performance for the process of natural gas sweetening(2016-04) Gutiérrez, Juan Pablo; Benítez, Leonel A.; Ale Ruiz, Elisa Liliana; Erdmann, Eleonora"Chemical processes simulation is an important instrument for the design, optimization and control of industrial plants. Simulation cases can be accomplished with relatively low costs and the absence of risks for the operators. However, the precision of the results depends on the similarity between the simulation performed and the process considered. In this article, two simulators, Aspen Hysys V8.6 and Aspen Plus V8.6, are employed to simulate the process of natural gas sweetening using diethanolamine (DEA). Additionally, a parametric sensitivity analysis is performed to define the optimal operative range for the process. The required data and the conditions of the operating units are taken from a gas conditioning plant in northern Argentina. Finally, a comparison between the block of obtained results from both simulations is also detailed."