Louisiana Patent of the Month – May 2024

Gly-Tech Services Inc. has been granted a patent for new technology in natural gas dehydration – a Chloride Salt Eliminator system. This invention addresses a critical challenge in the industry: the accumulation of chloride salts in glycol used for dehydrating natural gas, which can lead to inefficiencies and operational shutdowns.

The Chloride Salt Eliminator method works by integrating a specialized filtration unit directly into the glycol reboiler system at wellhead sites. This unit contains a series of filter elements designed to trap chloride salt crystals, which form as the glycol heats and dehydrates the gas. The high-temperature pump circulates the glycol through these filters, ensuring a continuous removal of salts without interrupting the dehydration process.

One of the standout features of this system is its capacity for continuous operation. The filter elements can be replaced independently as needed, minimizing downtime and maintaining efficiency. Additionally, the system is designed for ease of transport and installation, making it highly adaptable for remote wellhead locations.

By effectively removing chloride salts, the Chloride Salt Eliminator enhances the longevity and performance of the glycol reboiler, preventing the formation of insulating salt deposits that can impair heating efficiency. This innovation not only improves operational efficiency but also reduces the need for frequent maintenance, leading to cost savings and increased reliability in natural gas production.

Gly-Tech Services’ development represents a significant advancement in natural gas processing technology, offering a robust solution to a pervasive problem, thereby optimizing the dehydration process and supporting the industry’s efforts towards more efficient and sustainable operations.

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