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Confronted with increasing costs and product integrity issues, the hydrocarbon processing industry has become increasingly dependent on sensors for detection and the measurement of impurities in gas streams. For some sensing technologies, this can be a hit and miss situation that can comprise process control and result in costly actions, including high maintenance costs, unplanned shutdowns and unanticipated shut-ins.
Protecting expensive process equipment
Gas processing plants require fast and accurate measurements of moisture (H2O), hydrogen sulphide (H2S) and carbon dioxide (CO2), because these contaminants damage expensive equipment such as turbo-machinery and pipelines; shorten desiccant, contractor or molecular sieve lifetimes; and threaten the operator's ability to maintain tight process control and product quality. In some cases, the gas processor's downstream customer can shut in their supplier, which costs hundreds of thousands of dollars.