The joint development program is focused on technology to overcome challenges faced by producers of liquefied natural gas, as they seek to monetize natural gas more economically by moving gas processing from onshore facilities to ships that will moor closer to offshore gas fields.
The program will center on advanced carbon dioxide absorption technology to improve the reliability of equipment used to remove contaminants from natural gas before it is liquefied, while also reducing the weight and footprint of the equipment onboard ships. Technical improvements developed to better meet LNG specifications may also be deployed in the next generation of onshore and offshore gas processing equipment.
"The joint program with PETRONAS is another example of how UOP is committed to developing gas processing innovations to meet the growing global demand for natural gas, especially in Southeast Asia," said Rebecca Liebert, vice president and general manager for the Gas Processing and Hydrogen unit of Honeywell's UOP. "We look forward to a successful joint effort with PETRONAS, a recognized leader in natural gas in Asia."
As part of the joint program, PETRONAS and UOP scientists will work on designs for next-generation equipment to overcome challenges posed by gas treatment onboard ships, and the two companies will design and build a land-based pilot plant to demonstrate the technology.