Amine gas treating, also known as amine scrubbing, gas sweetening and acid gas removal, refers to a group of processes that use aqueous solutions of various alkyl amines (commonly referred to simply as amines) to remove hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and carbon dioxide (CO2) from gases. It is a common unit process used in refineries, and it is also used in petrochemical plants, natural gas processing plants and other industries.

Processes within oil refineries or chemical processing plants that remove hydrogen sulfide are referred to as “sweetening” processes because the odor of the processed products is improved by the absence of hydrogen sulfide. An alternative to the use of amines involves membrane technology. However, membrane separation is less attractive due to the relatively high capital and operating costs as well as challenges with operational stability.

Benefits:

  • Reduced amine filtration costs.
  • Improved absorber economy and performance.
  • Versatility of location and small space requirement.
  • Low HSS level at all times, reduced corrosion of process equipment.
  • Pre-assembled, pre-programmed, skid-mounted and fully automated.