WIT Press


IMPROVING THE EFFICIENCY OF THE STABILIZATION COLUMNS IN OIL AND GAS PROCESSING

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/EQ180071

Volume

222

Pages

8

Page Range

73 - 80

Published

2019

Author(s)

DENIS ERMOLIN, ELENA MAGARIL, ROMEN MAGARIL

Abstract

Rectification process is widely used in oil and gas processing and petrochemistry. The composition of the bottom product of the rectification column usually differs from the equilibrium composition due to significantly higher content of light components or fractions. This stipulates a necessity to include into the technological schemes of several oil refining processes a stabilization unit that are meant to ensure separation of gases and liquid products. A highly relevant task is to explore new possibilities for improving the stabilization process. The aim of the present work was to improve the stabilization process by changing the operating pressure. It was found that increasing the pressure in the stabilization column enhanced the sharpness of separation of butanes from pentanes, which resulted in improving the quality of the products. The experimental-industrial runs confirmed the possibility of increasing the efficiency of stabilization columns in various processes by increasing the pressure within acceptable limits.

Keywords

rectification process, sharpness of separation, stabilization column, pressure