BASF to supply alumino-silica gels to Russia gas dehydration plant

04 June 2009 10:57  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--BASF’s catalyst division will supply a total of 2,000 tonnes of its alumino-silica gels Sorbead H and WS to gas dehydration and hydrocarbon removal plant Portovaya near the Russian town of Vyborg, the German chemicals major said on Thursday.

The total represents the single largest amount of Sorbead ever ordered for gas purification, said BASF.

No financial details of the deal were disclosed.

Italian process plant and equipment suppliers Siirtec Nigi would provide engineering as well as equipment and materials for the Portovaya plant, which is an important part of the Nord Stream Project, BASF added.

The company would also be responsible for erection supervision and start-up.

“The plant will dehydrate and control the hydrocarbon dew point of 170m cubic metres per day of natural gas,” said Waldemar Lind, sales manager Europe adsorbents at BASF.

The special alumino-silica gel is produced in an oil-drop process at BASF’s plant in Nienburg, Germany.

Sorbead H is designed for the removal of hydrocarbons from a natural gas mix. The water-stable alumino-silica gel Sorbead WS is used as a protective layer against liquid carry-over into the adsorption towers.

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