BASF and the Petroleum Institute Сooperate on Gas Treatment Research

December 3, 2013

BASF and the Petroleum Institute (PI) of Abu Dhabi intend to develop new processes for removing aggressive sulfur compounds from acid gases in a research collaboration. The two parties signed the agreement these days.

The research activities of BASF and PI will focus on methods that show a favorable energy balance. One example is the use of membranes, which are being utilized today to remove hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and carbon dioxide (CO2) from acid gases. Another research target will be on exploring the use of adsorbents to develop methods with low energy consumption. Adsorbents are usually porous substances that are insoluble in water. Their large surface area enables them to bond with other molecules through physical forces.

Petroleum Institute: engineering education and research
The PI was established in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, in 2001 sponsored by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). The PI focuses on engineering education and energy industry research. The institute currently has 1200 students, 200 faculty, and has become a leading teaching and research institution in the Middle East region. A major research facility, the PI Research Center (PIRC), is scheduled to open on the PI campus in 2014. The research projects on gas treatment at the PI are funded by the Gas Sub-Committee of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).

OASE – Gas Treating Excellence by BASF
Based on more than 40 years of experience, BASF offers efficient solutions for treating various gases, including natural gas, syngas and biogas. More than 300 plants around the globe use these solutions successfully today. BASF sells its portfolio of technologies, gas treating agents and comprehensive services under the brand OASE® – Gas treating excellence by BASF.

Source: BASF