Gas Research Center: Black Powder in Gas Distribution Pipelines of GASCO (Project GRC-002)
||In collaboration with the Gas Research Center at the Petroleum Institute and GASCO, an investigation is being undertaken to identify the root cause of the presence of black powder in the sales hydrocarbon gas distribution pipelines of GASCO. This contaminant could cause malfunctioning of control valves, filters, compressors and instruments and could eventually carryover to GASCO customer’s facilities. Iron Sulfide, the major component of the black powder is usually a result of a reaction of H2S in the hydrocarbon gas and the steel in the presence of water.|
In lieu of this research, several team members of the Black Powder Project GRC-002 including Mechanical Engineering senior students Hayam Al Blooshi and Ghena Al Hanai along with Chief Technologist Dr. Zara Khatib, Dr. Mohamed AlShehhi, Assistant professor at Mechanical Engineering Department and Dr. Ahmed AL Durra, Assistant Professor at Electrical Engineering Department visited the Habshan Gas Plant on July 25 for three days. The objectives of this field visit were to collect relevant data from the plant, to understand the gas treatment processes and to look at trends for key performance parameters over two years period as well as get familiarized with the plant activities and processes. The key performance parameters of the sales gas included the gas flow rate, temperature, pressure, hydrogen sulfide, carbon dioxide, the dew point, and liquid contaminant carryover.
Also A highlight of this visit was the tour the team too of the new Mega project Habshan 5. The major project manager-Habshan, Mr. Walid Zeid gave a detailed tour for the team members of the new plant covering some the following issues:
On Wednesday July 27th, along with Mr. Abdul Nasser Al Mughairbi, Vice president Habshan and Gas Plant and Mr. Mohamed Khalil Abdullah, Training & Development Section Head, the team members attended the final presentations of the four Arzana intern students from Chemical Engineering department; Hamda Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah AlMarzouqi, Amna Al Obaidi, Mira Bassam Balkis and Maysoon Bassam Marouf who spent two months working in the Habshan Plant. Finally, all PI students were treated by Mr. Qahtan Al Nuaimi, General Services-section head, to a Liwa Desert tour and experienced the culture and the good food at Qasr Al Sarab.
The Gas Processing & Materials Science Research Centre (GRC) officially launched at the Petroleum Institute.
Steering Committee (SC) Members are : Abdulla Al Minhali (SVP technical-GASCO), Saif Sultan Al Nasseri (Manager Planning, ADNOC), Ad Punt (VP Gas technologies, Shell), Jose M Pereira (ME Governance, PARTEX), Jean-Claudee Heidmann (Manager Technology & R&D Business Development), Karl Berteussen (AD-PIRC Director and SC Chairman), Cor Peters ( GRC Director and Chemical Engineering Chairman), Ahmed Al Shoaibi (SC Secretariat and Assistant Professor) ISH Secondees: Zara Khatib (Chief Technologist, Shell), Jose Gomes (Partex Professor Chair), Yves Gunaltun (Total Professor Chair) This centre of gas is established based on the R&D support agreement by and among Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Limited, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, The Petroleum Institute, Shell Abu Dhabi B.V., PARTEX Gas Corporation and Total S.A. This centre will be embedded in the ADNOC PI R&D (ADPIRC) organization and will be governed by a seven member steering committee chaired by the ADNOC PI R&D Director. In this meeting, the GRC director Prof. Cor Peters was confirmed as the CRC director, Dr. Zara Khatib, Chief Technologist representing Shell’s ISH Senior Staff, and the Total and Partex professor Chairs: Dr. Yves Gunalton and Dr. Jorge Gomes The mission of the GRC is to develop, build and strengthen PI’s Applied Research Capabilities and GASCO’s Technology know-how to address current and emerging gas challenges and promote the safe and efficient operation of GASCO. The strategy of the centre is that GRC shall be a fully operational “Centre of Excellence” within the ADNOC PI Research Centre (ADPIRC) by:
- Providing leading technology/research solutions through deployment of applied research & technology
- Leveraging the experience and technology know-how of ISH partners (Partex, Shell & Total)
- Developing the PI Research and Technical Service capacity
- Focusing on career development of national faculty and researchers
- Attracting distinguished professors and world class researchers & students to PI
The prioritised GASCO strategic themes for R&D projects include: Gas processing and gas treating, materials science and corrosion, advanced dynamic process simulation & control and energy efficiency and environmental technology.
The GASCO/PI Technology Workshop for Gas Research Center was conducted on September 27-28, 2010. The objectives of the workshop were to (1) highlight GASCO business drivers, (2) engage GASCO Technical Experts with the International Share Holders and PI Researchers, (3) map GASCO Technology Needs and to assess the relative importance of the technical challenges to the key business drivers, (4) prioritize the technical challenges in terms of Do-ability and Value to the Assets/projects and (5) directly steer the Gas Research Centre Research & Development projects.