Honeywell’s UOP Russell business will provide a third cryogenic gas processing plant to Brazos Midstream.

The high-recovery 200 million cubic foot per day (MMcf/d) plant, called Comanche III, will extract valuable natural gas liquids (NGLs) from natural gas produced in the Southern Delaware Basin in Texas.

Included with the plant, Honeywell will provide engineering, fabrication and supply of a modular cryogenic NGL recovery unit. This new plant follows two earlier plants that also were customised specifically to handle the unique gas composition in the Basin.

Craig Ranta, Business Director, Honeywell UOP Russell, commented, “With this plant, Brazos now has chosen UOP Russell technology for 460 million cubic feet of gas processing capacity due to our experience with the technology, project management, and reliable installation capabilities.”

He added, “This new plant follows the on-time completion earlier this year of Brazos’ Comanche II plant, which will reduce the installation schedule for Comanche III.”

Cryogenic gas processing plants cool the gas in a demethanizer column until the more valuable NGLs precipitate into a liquid. These heavier components extracted from the natural gas can be used as fuels, fuel blending components and other valuable petrochemicals.

The plant is designed to process gas in the Delaware portion of the Permian Basin, which is rich in NGLs. By combining low capital and operating expense and ultra-high NGL recovery rates, the plants allow Brazos to offer gas producers more favorable processing terms. This positions Brazos to recover very high levels of ethane and propane as prices for those NGLs continue to rise.

Brazos Midstream Holdings LLC is an independent midstream energy company headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. The company is focused on crude oil gathering, natural gas gathering and processing, compression, treating, water and condensate handling, and stabilisation. Brazos currently owns and operates approximately 350 miles of natural gas and crude oil pipeline, a natural gas processing complex with approximately 260 MMcf/d of operated processing capacity and 50,000 barrels of crude oil storage in the Delaware Basin.