Shale Gas Processing (SGP)
The shale gas revolution is transforming America’s energy landscape and economy. The shale gas boom, including the Marcellus play in Appalachia, is driving job creation and investment in the energy sector and is also helping to revive other struggling sectors of the economy like manufacturing. Continued growth in domestic shale gas processing requires that energy companies maximize the efficiency and profitability from their operations through excellent control and drive maximum business value from all their plant assets, all while reducing negative environmental impact and improving safety. Changing demographics and rapidly evolving plant automation and control technologies also necessitate training and empowering the next-generation of shale gas process engineering and operations professionals.
Shale gas processing (SGP) plants are large, highly-integrated, multi-purpose facilities that require effective operation and control of a number of treatment and separation processes that generate pipeline-quality natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs). To address challenges in attaining operational excellence, the AVESTAR team and its technology partners have conducted a scoping study to develop a generic, high-fidelity, real-time dynamic simulator and operator training system (OTS) for an integrated SGP plant including processes such as gas-NGL separation, gas cleanup, NGL fractionation, and NGL cracking. The key software/model components include: 1) high-fidelity, first-principle, real-time dynamic models, 2) regulatory control system models, and 3) operator human-machine interface (HMI) displays. The dynamic simulator/OTS will be deployed at the AVESTAR Center and used to meet emerging industry needs for realistic, hands-on, simulation-based SGP training, education, and research.