UAE's Adnoc installs remelter to cut sulphur waste

Four of the world's largest sulphur recovery units are located at the Adnoc Sour Gas Shah station

The UAE's Adnoc hopes its new remelter will help to reduce waste.
The UAE's Adnoc hopes its new remelter will help to reduce waste.

The gas-producing subsidiary of Abu National Oil Company (Adnoc) has added a remelter facility to its Shah Sulphur Granulation Station to recycle more waste.

Adnoc Sour Gas said it loses up to 1.8 tonnes (t) of sulphur – a byproduct of sour gas processing – every day by moving granulated product from production to export, with waste disposed of offsite. This improves the company's carbon footprint, dents earnings, and generally makes the operation less efficient.

Installing the remelter will help Adnoc Sour Gas maximise sulphur recovery, resulting in cost and waste savings, according to the company.

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Adnoc Sour Gas produces one billion standard cubic feet of gas per day and its acting chief executive officer, Omar Obaid Al Nasri, praised his team's efforts to become more efficient.

“Thinking differently to create a solution [that reduces] our environmental impact, creates substantial savings and revenue over the life of the project, and incorporates innovation, is at the heart of everything we strive to do at Adnoc.”

He said investment in the remelter underlined the company's goal of becoming “more efficient and performance-driven”.

Four of the world's largest sulphur recovery units are located at Adnoc Sour Gas' Shah plant, which is situated near the UAE's border with Saudi Arabia. Every day, Etihad Rail carries more than 15,000t of sulphur from Adnoc's Habshan and Shah facilities to Ruwais, where it is exported globally, making UAE the largest exporter of the product in the world.

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