Black powder contamination is endemic in natural gas production and transmission. Persistent particulate contamination of natural gas streams include acid gas induced corrosion of carbon steel piping, formation contamination such as coal-seam dust, as well as molecular sieve and catalyst dust. If the contaminants are not removed, they will foul amine systems, foul glycol systems, plug heat exchangers and destroy valves on compressor trains and damage turbines. These contaminants are very difficult to remove. Conventional approaches involve the use of horizontal filter separators. These elements are inherently not efficient. They also have limited dirt handling capacity. And, often, once they capture some contaminant, they collapse. Transcend focuses on the application of the right media technology to capture the contaminant at a high efficiency, in a high capacity envelope to minimize change out frequency, and improve the overall performance.
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