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UOP to provide Crosstex with equipment to extract gases

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Des Plalines-based UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, was selected by Crosstex Processing Services, a subsidiary of Crosstex Energy, L.P., to provide technology and equipment to extract valuable petrochemical feedstocks from natural gas liquids from shale gas.

Honeywell's UOP will build and install UOP Russell fractionation equipment that is designed to extract ethane and propane from mixed natural gas liquid streams. UOP will provide Crosstex with a full turnkey solution that includes on-site installation and start up services for the UOP Russell equipment as well as other related equipment and infrastructure.

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Ethane and propane are highly in demand as petrochemical feedstocks for producing ethylene and propylene, two building blocks for plastics, the company said

"UOP is committed to providing efficient technologies that support the continued growth of shale gas processing and that enable producers to profitably fractionate individual NGL components from mixed natural gas liquid streams," said Rebecca Liebert, vice president and general manager for gas processing and hydrogen at Honeywell's UOP. "UOP Russell modular equipment allows producers to upgrade their NGLs into valuable energy products and petrochemical feedstocks with reduced field construction time and lower overall cost."

UOP will provide Crosstex with UOP Russell deethanizer and depropanizer fractionators that are capable of handling a 100,000 barrel-per-day mixed natural gas liquids stream for the extraction of ethane and propane. The equipment will be installed at the Crosstex facility in Plaquemine, La., with start up scheduled for 2014.

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