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Title: Gas Cleaning
Author: Laurance S. Re Id
Source: 1966 Southwestern Gas Measurement Short Course (Now called ISHM)
Year Published: 1966
Abstract: Gas cleaning is one of the oldest processes that condition natural gas for market. Also, it is the most neglected and ignored of the gas conditioning processes, but not without cause. No management group will admit to selling dirty gas. Like the itch, no one admits the affliction and to even discuss the possibility is to be indelicate! It has seemed reasonble to assume that if dirt cannot be seen, then it does not exist- a comforting assumption which, unfortunately, is untrue. Every operating gas company has pipeline dirt problems and these vary only in the degree of severity. Usually, they are called by other, more palatable names such as low transmission efficiency, scored cylinders, oil-poisoned adsorbent, excessive lube oil consumption, poor measurement, entrainment losses, et cetera. Since the early days of the industry, gas scrubbers have been used for the intended purpose of removing extraneous material from gas. The term scrubber derives from the early belief that gas needed to be washed with oil to be clean. Scrubbers have been built in a variety of forms and their performance has ranged from poor to acceptable. In an effort to distinguish between these and the more recent devices that are truly capable of fine separations, the latter are called gas cleaners.