January 2005

Special Report: Gas Processing Developments

Enhance returns on processing plant investments

Working with an experienced contractor can uncover additional benefits when upgrading an existing unit

Owners of natural gas processing plants often consider expanding or upgrading their facilities. In some cases, the composition of the feedstock being processed changes significantly. These changes can justify capital investment for the upgrade due to new contracts or changing market dynamics. In other cases, an increase in the volume of the gas processed in the plant provides economic incentive to expand. Regardless of the project drivers, the plant owner must weigh many factors to determine how much or what to expand. These factors include: Initial capital investment for the expansion or upgrade Time needed to attain full back for the initial investment (through incre

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