Abstract

The detection and measurement of hydrocarbons are of high interest for a variety of applications, for example within the oil and gas industry from extraction throughout the complete refining process, as well as for environmental monitoring and for portable safety devices. This paper presents a highly sensitive, selective, and robust tunable laser analyzer that has the capability to analyze several components in a gas sample stream. More specifically, a multi-gas system for simultaneous detection of C1 to iC5 hydrocarbons, using a room temperature distributed feedback interband cascade laser array, emitting in the 3.3 µm band has been realized. It combines all the advantages of the tunable laser spectroscopy method for a fast, sensitive, and selective in-line multicomponent tunable laser analyzer. Capable of continuous and milliseconds fast monitoring of C1-iC5 hydrocarbon compositions in a process stream, the analyzer requires no consumables (e.g., purging, carrier gas) and no in-field calibration, enabling a low cost of ownership for the analyzer. The system was built based on an industrial GasEye series platform and deployed for the first time in field at Preem refinery in Lysekil, Sweden, in autumn 2018. Results of the measurement campaign and comparison with gas chromatography instrumentation are presented.

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