Evaluating and proposing technology for removal of H2S from Ca Voi Xanh gas

  • Vo Thi Thuong Vietnam Petroleum Institute
  • Tran Vinh Loc Vietnam Petroleum Institute
  • Le Duong Hai Vietnam Petroleum Institute
  • Tran Nam Thanh Vietnam Petroleum Institute
  • Nguyen Anh Tuan Vietnam Petroleum Institute
  • Le Mai Phuong Vietnam Petroleum Institute
  • Huynh Minh Thuan Vietnam Petroleum Institute
Keywords: Ca Voi Xanh gas field, H2S removal technology, fuel gas for power plants, raw material for petrochemical plants


Ca Voi Xanh gas field is expected to be put into production in 2023, opening new prospects for Vietnam’s gas industry. However, H2S content in Ca Voi Xanh gas is quite high (approximately 2.500ppmv), thus it should be removed to avoid adverse effects on gas transporting and processing afterward. The absorption, adsorption and membrane technologies are normally used for removing H2S from natural gas. In this study, the authors compared and evaluated these technologies in 2 directions: removing H2S selectively or CO2 and H2S simultaneously to meet the different requirements of treated gas. The result showed that solvent absorption technology can fully meet the technical requirements: H2S can be selectively removed down to 30ppmv and furthermore CO2 can be removed to 8%vol in treated gas if an additional separator is invested. In addition, the authors found that physical solvent technology is more effective than the amine solvent one, with a total investment being 14% lower than in both cases of selective separation of H2S or simultaneous separation of H2S and CO2.


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How to Cite
Thi Thuong, V., Vinh Loc, T., Duong Hai, L., Nam Thanh, T., Anh Tuan, N., Mai Phuong, L., & Minh Thuan, H. (2017). Evaluating and proposing technology for removal of H2S from Ca Voi Xanh gas. Petrovietnam Journal, 2, 47-53. https://doi.org/10.25073/petrovietnam journal.v2i0.127