To coincide with SOGAT 2017, which took place from 26-30 March in Abu Dhabi, Adriano Gentilucci, commercial director – IMEA for Dow Oil, Gas and Mining, discusses how Dow is contributing to tackling the region’s gas treatment challenges
What is Dow’s history and pedigree in gas treating solutions?
For over 65 years, Dow has led the way in gas treating. Today we offer one of the broadest and most in-depth portfolios of gas treatment products, services and technologies for natural gas applications in the world. Our UCARSOL™ solvents, specialty amines and specialised technologies – together with unsurpassed industry expertise – bring you the most advanced solutions available for gas treatment.
Dow’s core expertise in gas treating also lies in providing engineering consultancy services and simulation capabilities to engineering companies and oil and gas operators backed by over 1,000 references worldwide dealing with a wide ranges of gas compositions and process conditions.
What is Dow’s gas-treating “footprint” in the Middle East?
The Middle East has some of the world’s most sour gas reserves. Gas treating here is primarily about removing sulfur, and Dow is an expert in this area. Dow has more than 50 gas treating references in the Middle East, including plants in Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. Our Middle East references include the use of Dow UCARSOL™ and SELEXOL™ solvents in five world-scale LNG plants in Ras Laffan, Qatar.
It is estimated that Dow solvents are used to treat the majority of the region’s liquid natural gas. Dow solvents are also used for the removal of H2S and CO2 in the Acid Gas Removal Unit (AGRU) and selective separation of CO2 and H2S in the Acid Gas Enrichment Unit (AGEU). Dow has a regional headquarters in Dubai and has significantly increased its investment in customer-facing local technical engineers throughout the region.