APLA '11: Brazil pre-salt gas to raise demand for treatment chems

07 November 2011 23:09  [Source: ICIS news]

BUENOS AIRES (ICIS)--Brazilian production of associated gas from its pre-salt oil will likely increase demand for natural gas treatment chemicals, an executive for Huntsman said on Monday.

Already, Brazil-based energy producer Petrobras plans to use the associated gas as a petrochemical feedstock for its Complexo Petroquimico do Rio de Janeiro (Comperj), Petrobras said earlier this year

The associated gas, however, will need to be treated, said David Hester, vice president of global energy and materials businesses for Huntsman's Performance Products division. 

Hester spoke on the sidelines of the 31st Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA) annual meeting in Buenos Aires.

In particular, the pre-salt gas has a lot of CO2, Hester said. 

Energy producers use ethanolamines to remove CO2 from natural gas, Hester said. 

Huntsman makes specialty ethanolamines, which are more effective in removing the CO2, he said. As a result, energy producers can spend less on hardware, since the specialty ethanolamines would be more efficient.

"Huntsman is a perfect fit for CO2 removal for the region," he said.

Huntsman is now establishing partnerships in Brazil to allow the company to sell its specialty amines to the market, Hester said.

Foreign producers need to establish such partnerships to comply with Brazilian regulations, which require local labour participation, he said.

The 2011 APLA conference ends on Tuesday.

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By: Al Greenwood
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