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Modular cryogenic equipment will process 200 cubic feet of natural gas a day

Map of the Delaware Basin — a geologic depositional and structural basin in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico.
Map of the Delaware Basin — a geologic depositional and structural basin in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico.

Producers Midstream will use UOP Russell modular cryogenic equipment to process 200 million standard cubic feet per day of natural gas at its gas processing facility in the Delaware Basin in western Texas, according to a statement. UOP Russell is a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell.

Cryogenic units extract high-value natural gas liquids (NGLs) from natural gas streams by refrigeration to extremely low temperatures. These NGLs, including ethane, propane and butanes, are often used for heating or to manufacture plastics, chemicals and fuels. When the new plant starts operations it will serve gas producers in the Wolfcamp, Bone Springs and Avalon formations of the Delaware Basin.

"This plant is designed for the varying feed gases common in the Delaware Basin," said Craig Ranta, business director, UOP Russell. "Because it's so flexible, the plant can deliver top recovery rates with changing gas composition, and with minimal downtime."

The plant is able to run at different capacities to accommodate additional wells and changes in feed supply. It can also switch between ethane rejection and recovery modes as demand for ethane changes.

"Producers Midstream selected UOP Russell because of our ability to customize specific designs based on operating philosophies, vendor preferences and broad experience with changing feeds," Ranta added. "In addition, the plant can be assembled, shipped, and put into operation very quickly, allowing Producers Midstream to begin generating revenue much sooner."

UOP Russell’s pre-engineered modular equipment is designed to reduce construction time and expense by being easy to ‘fit together’. Producers Midstream provides a suite of turnkey midstream solutions to producers working in the Delaware Basin. 

Map of the Delaware Basin — a geologic depositional and structural basin in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico.