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Power of three set to boost oil and gas filter performance

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World Pipelines,

Critical filtration processes across the worldwide oil and gas industries are the focus of a trio of innovative product variations designed to transform operational efficiency. UK-based filter maker, Amazon Filters has engineered the changes to strengthen its portfolio of products widely used in upstream, midstream and downstream processes.

Supported by ‘quick and able’ delivery and technical backup, the variations offer the reassurance of retrofit capability, meaning they can be readily and flexibly integrated with existing process equipment. They are specifically aimed at three of the main process applications at the heart of oil and gas filtration and production: liquid gas coalescing, particulate removal from natural gas, and particle removal in liquids.

Simon Hughes, Business Development Director at Amazon Filters, said: “The variations we have introduced mean we can supply our products directly into more retrofit applications, supporting the essential work of production and maintenance managers on production platforms, in transmission lines and at refineries. Extensive performance testing of competitive products and our newly developed retrofits ensures our filters can fit seamlessly into existing systems to provide, at the very least, comparative performance. In many applications, customers will achieve improved performance along with associated economic savings. This is all about providing competitively priced products that protect machinery and equipment, offer performance benefits, minimise costly unscheduled downtime and ensure the final purity of output.”

For liquid gas coalescing, Amazon Filters has introduced a filter based on proprietary melt blown technology. This complements the recently released SupaSep LGP coalescer that is based on pleated glass microfibre media technology. SupaSep LGM is designed as a cost-effective retrofit solution to enhance efficiency and drainage performance in high-flow filtration and separation processes. It is ideal for the removal of entrained liquid droplets such as water, condensate, oil, glycols and amines from natural gas in applications within processing plants, power plants and compressor stations.

Particulate removal from natural gas is the focus of a variation of Amazon Filters’ Contour Gas melt blown cartridge filters. These help with the removal from gas transmission lines of black powder, a common source of contamination mainly composed of hard particles of iron oxide and iron sulfide in sizes from 100 µm down to sub-micron level. Typically caused by corrosion and erosion in upstream pipework, the particles are swept along at high speed in the gas flow, with accumulations risking harm to downstream equipment and endangering production safety.

For the new variation of Contour Gas, design engineers have reduced the dimensions of the outer diameter so that more installations can enjoy seamless retrofits. The graded density of the variation’s melt blown structure ensures efficient removal of fine, sub-micron particles while providing excellent dirt holding capacity. The product is now available in two efficiency grades, with coreless and stainless steel core variants, to optimise matching to process conditions.

In the third product variation, Amazon Filters has optimised the pleat configuration of its liquid particulate filter SupaPleat 1401 and added advanced, extended-life, polypropylene depth media to ensure low pressure loss and optimised dirt holding. SupaPleat 1401 is an absolute-rated, high-pressure filter cartridge with a pleated, high surface area designed as a cost-effective alternative to products based on old technology and filtration media. Its fluid process applications in the refinery, chemical and petrochemical industries include the filtration of solvents, acids, iron fines and hydrocarbons.

The three product variations complement Amazon Filters’ expanding reach into global oil and gas, bolstered with the recent hires of industry experts Nizam Mohamed and Silas Kirst. Based in Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia, and Houston, Texas, the two Business Development Managers are tasked with driving market growth in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region and North, Central and South America respectively. As well as welcoming Nizam and Silas, Amazon Filters has appointed new area distributors in Latin America and Asia with a multi-industry focus including oil and gas.

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