In this Project, a preliminary design of a dehydration unit for domestic gas will be outlined. This unit that is the subject of the study belongs to a project named Gorgon. Such project is currently been developed by Chevron in Barrow Island, Australia.
In order to conduct a proper design of such unit, characteristics of the natural gas that is being extracted shall be detailed, as well as proper specifications of the pipeline to which the gas will supply. After this, different techniques for dehydrating the gas are evaluated; the technique that fits better this Project is absorption by glycol and following such assumption will be chosen as the best one. More accurately, the most suitable type of glycol for this particular unit is triethilene glycol, considering that it fits better the conditions of the project.
Once the method is chosen, a simulation shall be undertaken with the purpose of determining the number of stages required for the correct functioning of the unit, the glycol rate and its purity. Besides, it is needed to estimate its pressure and temperature and the dimensions that would then follow. In addition, pressures and temperatures are estimated at the regeneration glycol process, together with dimensions of some units.
Furthermore, it is necessary to estimate pressure and temperature at which natural gas is leaving the dehydration unit. In addition, both compression needed to secure the flux at the pipeline and the resulting pressure at the reception shall be studied.
Finally, an economic study is carried out in order to conclude whether or not this specific Project is feasible.