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Petroleum Processing

Summary and Final Tasks



Natural gas has gained prominence in the energy scene as a rising fossil fuel following the development of new drilling technology that set up a boom in shale gas production. As crude oil, natural gas contains wide-ranging impurities in addition to the main component, methane. Natural Gas Processing removes the contaminants in the raw gas and recovers some valuable byproducts, such as natural gas liquids. A number of separation and recovery processes used in a petroleum refinery can also be used for natural gas processing.   

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • appraise different natural gas reserves (conventional, tight, and shale) and assess the contribution of natural gas to energy supply;
  • illustrate and evaluate the different stages of natural gas processing, including condensate removal, acid gas removal, water removal, fractionation of natural gas liquids.

Reminder - Complete all Lesson 12 tasks!

Lesson 12 Tasks
Readings: Natural Gas

Review the US DOE web page on shale gas. The material in the section on Shale Gas Basics is included in the coverage of the final exam.


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