Measured Versus Calculated Sour Gas Properties

Source: AIChE
  • Type:
    Conference Presentation
  • Conference Type:
    AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
  • Presentation Date:
    August 19, 2020
  • Duration:
    60 minutes
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Measured versus calculated sour gas properties
Recent Environmental agencies have restricted standards for sulfur emission from gas chemical processing. Sour gas can extremely impact the delivery and processing by corroding the equipment. Gas properties such as compressibility, density and viscosity are a major factor controlling prediction of future production pipelines, and production tubing and pipelines in gas industry.
Sour gas effect on all gas industry aspects usually gas properties are measured in laboratories but occasionally experimental values are not available due to complexity and time consuming hence a reliable method would be proposed.
We are assessing the accuracy of the industry standard methods in calculating sour gas properties, compressibility factor using the following correlations:
Drunchuck - Abukkasem, Hall – Yarbarough, Drunchuck- Purvis- Robinson, Londono et-al, Alanazi et-al and Azizi et-al.
Viscosity using empirical correlations such as Carr-Kobayashi Burrows, Lea-Gonzalez –Eakin and Dean- Stiel.
Density using equations of state Redlich Kwang and Soave -Redlick - Kwang.
This study shows that the best correlation for calculating compressibility factor and density of high concentration sour gas is Londono-et al, all other considered methods are not accurate. All other methods investigated include high error especially for high H2S concentration.
However the error in estimation of Z factor for most of the considered methods has great impact on estimated sour gas density. Therefore we recommend that sour gas properties be measured experimentally at high pressure and high temperature conditions.
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