BASF and the Petroleum Institute (PI) of Abu Dhabi intend to develop new processes for removing aggressive sulfur compounds from acid gases in a research collaboration. The two parties signed the agreement these days.
The research activities of BASF and PI will focus on methods that show a favorable energy balance. One example is the use of membranes, which are being utilized today to remove hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and carbon dioxide (CO2) from acid gases. Another research target will be on exploring the use of adsorbents to develop methods with low energy consumption. Adsorbents are usually porous substances that are insoluble in water. Their large surface area enables them to bond with other molecules through physical forces.
“We look forward to this collaboration because the Petroleum Institute is contributing its excellent expertise in the research, development and production of membranes and adsorbents to the research cooperation,” said Dr. Jens Rudolph, who is responsible for the Middle East region in the OASE® gas treatment team of BASF.
The cooperation of BASF and PI was initiated under the guidance of Dr. Cornelis Peters, Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department in the PI. “With decades of practical experience in many areas of gas treatment and its focus on innovation, BASF is a much appreciated research partner for us,” said Professor Dr. Ahmed Abdalla, Department Deputy Chair and Associate Professor, PI, managing the adsorbent development part of the project. “Both BASF and PI complement each other’s capabilities in developing efficient and economical gas treatment processes”, said Professor Dr. Vikas Mittal, Associate Professor at PI’s Chemical Engineering Department, managing the development of membranes for gas separation.
Petroleum Institute: engineering education and research
The PI was established in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, in 2001 sponsored by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). The PI focuses on engineering education and energy industry research. The institute currently has 1200 students, 200 faculty, and has become a leading teaching and research institution in the Middle East region. A major research facility, the PI Research Center (PIRC), is scheduled to open on the PI campus in 2014. The research projects on gas treatment at the PI are funded by the Gas Sub-Committee of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
OASE – Gas Treating Excellence by BASF
Based on more than 40 years of experience, BASF offers efficient solutions for treating various gases, including natural gas, syngas and biogas. More than 300 plants around the globe use these solutions successfully today. BASF sells its portfolio of technologies, gas treating agents and comprehensive services under the brand OASE® – Gas treating excellence by BASF.
About BASF – The Chemical Company
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of €72.1 billion in 2012 and more than 110,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com.