Hydrate Process Analysis Focusing on Energy Requirement

Jerome Rajnauth


Transporting gas in the form of a gas hydrate can prove to be very useful in the supply chain of natural gas to meet future energy demand. There are major challenges that exist in effectively capturing, storing, transporting and utilizing form of energy. The details of the work flow in this paper evaluates the entire hydrate process with particular focus on energy balance using hydrate technology to capture and transport five (5) MMscf/d from Trinidad to Jamaica.  The overall energy requirement of the process which involves heating, cooling and expansion is in the range 14-20% of the energy of the gas transported in hydrate form.


Energy requirement; Hydrate; Gas hydrate

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/11010


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