Natural Gas Processing Plant

Definition - What does Natural Gas Processing Plant mean?

A Natural Gas Processing Plant is a facility designed for cleaning raw natural gas by isolating several non-methane fluids and hydrocarbons and other impurities to produce dry natural gas of pipeline quality. Natural gas processing is a complicated industrial process that initiates at the wellhead. The natural gases extracted from Earth consist of hydrocarbon compounds with low molecular weight. The plant is also used for recovering natural gas liquids and sometimes for recovering other substances like sulfur.

Petropedia explains Natural Gas Processing Plant

Natural Gas Processing Plant is the unit which purifies raw natural gas extracted from the well. The natural gas used by the consumers is the pipeline quality gas which is completely different from the natural gas brought to the wellhead from the wellbore. The raw natural gas is extracted from three different types of wells – gas wells, condensate wells and oil wells. The raw natural gas extracted from condensate and gas wells is considered as a non-associated gas while the gas extracted from oil wells is considered as associated gas. The Natural Gas Processing Plant carries out the process of purifying the raw natural gas by separating the common contaminants like hydrogen sulfide, water and carbon dioxide and delivering high quality natural gas known as pipeline quality natural gas.

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