Optimum Economical and Environmental Utilization of Eastern Desert Fields Flare Gases


Ahmed Medhat (Corresponding Author) ,
General Petroleum Company (G.P.C), Cairo, Egypt.

Fatma Khalifa Gad, Walaa Mahmoud Shehata
Faculty of Petroleum and Mining Engineering, Suez University, Suez, Egypt.


Due to the recent major global events, the importance of Natural Gas has increased dramatically. One of the most challenges that face treating Raw Natural Gas is the presence of acid gases especially Hydrogen Sulfide, which is a very toxic gas. This paper discusses how to treat sour gases with high content of acid gases that exceed 12% in the Eastern Desert using different types of Amines. The study aims the utilization these gases instead of transmitting them to flare as in the current situation with no benefit besides the huge environmental pollution. Simulation using HYSYS software has been done for different types of amines like Monoethanolamine, Diethanolamine, and Methyl Diethanolamine to reach an acceptable limit of hydrogen sulfide with the lowest cost in each case. The economic evaluation of the results from the simulations showed that MDEA sweetening unit would be economically attractive with a high-expected outcome in addition to the expected positive environmental impact of the study.