BASF and the Petroleum Institute (PI) collaborate to develop new processes for removing aggressive sulfur compounds from acid gases. Their research activities will focus on methods that show a favorable energy balance. One example is the use of membranes, which are being utilized today to remove hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide from acid gases. Another research target will be on exploring the use of adsorbents to develop methods with low energy consumption.
The PI was established in 2001 and is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). The institute focuses on engineering education and energy industry research, has 1200 students, 200 faculty, and has become a leading teaching and research institution in the Middle East. A major research facility, the PI Research Center (PIRC), is scheduled to open on the PI campus in 2014.
Photo (f.l.t.r): Tareq Sahoo, Vice President, Al Hosn Gas, and Head of PI’s Gas Sub-Committee, Dr. Ismail Tag, Provost at PI,
Oliver Cullmann, Vice President, head of the unit Marketing Amines Europe within BASF’s Operating division intermediates,
Ralf Schröer, German deputy ambassador in Abu Dhabi. © BASF