Natural gas pipeline transportation requires very low water content in the gas stream in order to avoid condensation or hydrate formation. To reach this goal, when triethylene glycol (TEG) is used to dehydrate natural gas, after the absorption step TEG must be regenerated to levels substantially above 98.5–99.0 % by weight available from atmospheric distillation of glycol-water mixtures. In order to regenerate TEG to higher purity levels some of the methods used require a stripping gas, a solvent or to perform the distillation under vacuum. A simpler method to perform a further dehydration of TEG is the use of a water exhauster, known as Coldfinger, where the vapour in equilibrium with the liquid to be dehydrated is continuously condensed and removed. In this work, the Coldfinger apparatus was modelled and a study on the most relevant operating parameters was carried out. A process simulation of a natural gas dehydration plant, provided with a Coldfinger water exhauster for TEG regeneration, was performed on a case study. It was shown that the dehydration process with Coldfinger unit is capable of reaching current water content specifications in a simple and economic way
Triethylene Glycol Regeneration In Natural Gas Dehydration Plants: A Study On The Coldfinger Process
Gironi, Fausto, Maschietti, Marco, Piemonte, V., Diba, D., Gallegati, S., and S. Schiavo. "Triethylene Glycol Regeneration In Natural Gas Dehydration Plants: A Study On The Coldfinger Process." Paper presented at the Offshore Mediterranean Conference and Exhibition, Ravenna, Italy, March 2007.
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