In this work we aim to enhance the sour-gas loading in acid-gas removal (AGR) systems, maximizing oil-production rate at the tertiary phase and enhanced oil recovery (EOR), and mitigating vented carbon dioxide (CO2) with minimal modification to the existing systems. We conducted a simulation study on the basis of a real natural-gas liquids (NGLs) plant and Qatari oil wells with a 390-MMscf/D feed of sour gas using HYSYS and ProMax process simulation tools to evaluate the novel configurations compared with a conventional AGR system. The results show that the acid-gas loading improved from 0.48 to 0.81, and the amine circulation rate decreased by 40%, while maintaining the treated-gas quality specifications (4 ppm H2S, 1 mol% CO2). The required CO2 compression power for CO2-EOR decreased by 15.49%, and the oil production was enhanced by 1,360 B/D. In addition, 13.6 MMscf/D of CO2 is mitigated and used rather than vented.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Fuel Technology
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology