Michell Instruments’ solution enabled a natural gas storage operator to improve the hydrocarbon and water dew point measurements at its natural gas storage site in Europe.
Fast response is critically important to natural gas storage operators providing emergency gas supply to satisfy peak demand on transmission networks, particularly during colder winter months.
Having lost confidence in its current water and hydrocarbon dew point analysers with their erratic hydrocarbon dew point readings and unresponsive water dew point readings, the storage operator trialled a Condumax II hydrocarbon and water dew point analyser to get readings of natural gas in parallel with their current analysers.
Using the rented Condumax II hydrocarbon and water dew-point analyser, the storage operator could check the accuracy and responsiveness of their equipment against a different analyser at minimum capital expense.
During the test period, the Condumax II provided consistent HCDP readings, and showed better levels of response at lower dew points than the previously installed analysers. The Condumax’s water dew-point readings taken during the test period were significantly faster to changes in the process than the analysers under review.
The company’s concerns about the reliability of the readings of their current analysers were justified. The engineer explained that the analyser drifted to higher HC dew point levels over time in direct comparison to the consistent and repeatable Condumax II HC dew point readings over several days. The customer chose to install the Condumax II permanently in the process because of their need to have complete confidence in the levels of hydrocarbon and water dew point.
Michell Instruments is represented in Australia by AMS Instrumentation and Calibration .