Processed Gas

Definition - What does Processed Gas mean?

Processed Gas is natural gas that is treated for removal of impurities and non-methane hydrocarbons and fluids. It is treated in a natural gas processing plant making the associated gas or non-associated gas pure natural gas which can be transported to various locations via gas pipelines. A natural gas processing plant converts natural gas into pipeline quality dry natural gas.

Petropedia explains Processed Gas

Natural Gas is a fossil fuel which is used as a source of energy. It is the safest, cleanest and most environment friendly source of energy. Reservoirs that contain hydrocarbons usually contain liquids such as crude oil, natural gas and water. In a reservoir, natural gas being the lightest of all, is present on top of crude oil or dissolved in the crude oil and thus, referred to as associated free gas. Sometimes natural gas can exist by itself only and is referred to as non-associated gas.

When such type of natural gas is produced from a wellhead, it consists of impurities such as rock grains, mud granules, crude oil, natural gas condensates and moisture. If such natural gas is transported directly into the pipeline system, such impurities will damage, crack, deform or corrode the internal surfaces of the pipelines as well as all the other equipment mounted on the pipelines to control the flow and pressure of the gas. Thus, before any sales and transportation to the demand centers, natural gas is processed for the removal of such impurities at a natural gas processing plant.

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