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BASF technology selected to purify natural gas

LNG Industry,

BASF and Pacific NorthWest LNG have signed a license agreement on the use of BASF’s OASE® technology to remove carbon dioxide and sulfur containing components from natural gas for all trains of the Pacific NorthWest LNG’s proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in British Columbia, Canada.

The proposed facility expects to begin shipping gas to customers by the end of 2018. The use of BASF’s technology for gas treatment is essential for the production of LNG.

BASF’s OASE technology removes contaminants contained in the gas to enable its liquefaction at temperatures of approximately -160 degrees Celsius. Andreas Northemann, head of the Global Gas Treatment business in BASF’s Intermediates division, commented: “We are pleased to work together with Pacific NorthWest LNG to provide the optimum solution for their facility. This cooperation is another milestone in enhancing and building on our long term presence in Canada.”

Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) for the LNG facility is currently ongoing with three international engineering contractors. The FEED is expected to be complete and in time for a Final Investment Decision by the end of 2014.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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