ADNOC Sour Gas installs remelter unit at Shah sulphur granulation facility

ADNOC Sour Gas has successfully installed a sulphur remelter facility, at its Shah sulphur granulation station, to maximise sulphur recovery otherwise lost during normal transportation operations.

ADNOC Sour Gas produces around 3.5 million tonnes per year of sulphur.
ADNOC Sour Gas produces around 3.5 million tonnes per year of sulphur.

Up to two tonnes per day of sulphur is lost during the transportation of granulated sulphur from the granulators via conveyors, to stockpiles, or trains for transportation to ADNOC’s sulphur export centre in Ruwais.

Previously, due to sand and rock contaminants, the lost sulphur had to be disposed of offsite. With the commissioning of the sulphur remelter unit, ADNOC Sour Gas can recycle the sulphur and add it back into the daily production of granulated sulphur.

Omar Obaid Al Nasri, ADNOC Sour Gas acting CEO, said: “Thinking differently to create a solution, which reduced our environmental impact, creates substantial savings and revenue over the life of the project and incorporates innovation, is at the heart of everything we strive to do at ADNOC. It underlines our commitment to making our operations more efficient and performance-driven as we accelerate delivery of ADNOC’s 2030 growth strategy.

ADNOC Sour Gas produces around 3.5 million tonnes per year of sulphur, a by-product of sour gas processing, and accounts for 5% of total global production, making the UAE the world’s largest sulphur exporter. The Shah plant features four of the largest sulphur recovery units in the world.

Etihad Rail transports approximately 17,000 tonnes per day of sulphur from ADNOC’s Habshan and Shah fields to Ruwais, from where it is exported to markets around the world for use in fertilisers.

The Shah sour gas field and associated processing facilities are operated by ADNOC Sour Gas, a joint venture between ADNOC and Occidental Petroleum.

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