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Selection of formulated MDEA
« on: March 06, 2007, 08:28:23 PM »
My company has a brand new gas treating unit which its purpose is to absorb H2S from refinery gas (tipical composition is H2S more than 11%, very small amount of CO2, and the rest components are hydrogen and hydrocarbon gas), and since January 2006 until now we have only a single chemical supplier and a single brand of formulated MDEA.

We need help to understand about 'alkalinity' parameter which is one of the MDEA's characteristic. Will formulated MDEA with higher alkalinity perform better than ones with lower alkalinity (in case all of them are applied with similar strength/concentration and purity)?

Thank you very much.

P.S : alkalinitu unit is in Meq/gram

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Re: Selection of formulated MDEA
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2007, 02:54:29 AM »
Hello gas_treater,

This is always an interesting question that I have answered (I am a specialist in H2S Treatment).  A higher alkalinity for MDEA stricktly means that the concentration of MDEA is higher.  Since there is more MDEA present, this means that there is a higher concentration of MDEA, there will be more H2S that will selectively react with MDEA.   This occurs up to a certain point.  There MUST be free and available water in order for this H2S-MDEA reaction to take place.  When the concentration of MDEA becomes too high, then there is not enough water to act as a medium for the reaction to take place, then your efficiency for sweetening decreases signifacently.

Pure MDEA has only one strength.   Each supplier typically adds water so that the freezing point of MDEA is decreased (similiar to the effect of glycol and water).  Check the suppliers concentrations, and you will see a difference in concentrations.  If the concentrations are different, and it is MDEA, something 'else' is going on...

If you have further questions, feel free to reply.

Cheers!

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Re: Selection of formulated MDEA
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2007, 11:10:06 PM »
Answer from a specialist! Wow! That was very helpful information, Eugene. Thank you very much! Most probably there will be more questions from me in the future.

Best regards

Gas_Treater

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