Midstream Pipeline Company Relies on Twist-LOK™
FILTRATION TECHNOLOGY PROTECTS SOPHISTICATED DOWNSTREAM EQUIPMENT DURING VITAL STAGES OF THE FILTRATION PROCESS.
Midstream services are an integral part of transporting natural gas, crude oil, condensate, and NGL commodities across the United States. With expansive gathering, processing, fractionation, transportation and logistics, pipelines are strategically placed.
Our customer operates approximately 11,000 miles of gathering and transportation pipelines, 20 processing plants with 4.8 billion cubic feet of net processing capacity and seven fractionators with 260,000 barrels per day of net fractionation capacity.
A Compressor Station was experiencing high levels of iron sulfide and other oxides that were contaminating equipment downstream. Iron sulfide is the most prominent contaminant in natural-gas pipelines and compression equipment in pipeline, refinery, gathering, and storage applications. When black powder collects in gas pipelines it causes wear, reduces efficiency in compressors, clogs instrumentation and valves, and leads to flow losses.
Our challenge was to develop a filtration solution to filter the black powder before it entered the compressor station. Iron sulfide shears easily, breaking into submicron-sized particles and a competitor’s elements created a bypass that allowed liquids downstream.
Jonell Systems, a Process Technologies brand, installed Twist-LOKTM elements to filter the iron sulfide contaminants and eliminate liquids downstream. These elements with multiple media options fit into the existing housing .
The Twist-LOKTM cartridge provided a first stage ‘outside-to-inside’ flow direction filter element and a second stage ‘inside-to-outside’ flow coalesce element. Three robust sealing points eliminated issues with liquid bypass and optimizing the media reduced the contaminants downstream.
By installing Twist-LOKTM filters, the Compressor Station reduced the impact of the iron sulfide contamination.
The success with the Twist-LOKTM elements carried over to other midstream gas plants in the same company and improvements were realized intermediately. This helped to preserve equipment downstream and resulted in millions of dollars in savings.
If you are experiencing issues with challenging contaminants, frequent change-outs, are unable to measure differential pressure or would like to further optimize your filtration process, talk to us.