S-Con’s W.G. “Trey” Brown introduced the new patent-pending SUPERCOOL process to the Oil & Gas Industry at the annual Gas Processors Association (GPA) Convention in San Antonio, Texas. While S-Con has been discussing the SUPERCOOL technology with various Producers and Midstream companies since its beginning in June of 2012, this presentation was the first time SUPERCOOL had been presented to a mass audience. Appearing before a crowd estimated to be over 400 strong, Mr. Brown described what SUPERCOOL is and how and why it was developed. According to Mr. Brown, the amount of stranded and flared gas from the various shale-gas plays across the United States has reached astronomic levels and could very well lead to the shutdown of oil and gas production if the amount of flaring is not severely curtailed or eliminated. Mr. Brown also pointed out that the gas currently being flared could be used as an alternative fuel source, either LNG or CNG. Thus, SUPERCOOL was invented as a means to an end; to provide a cost effective alternative that will process and recover 100 percent of flare gas (in liquid form) from any given location and deliver a Y-Grade NGL product stream meeting all pipeline specifications, and a transportation grade LNG and/or pipeline quality gas stream. It was further pointed out that SUPERCOOL also acts as a Nitrogen Rejection Unit (NRU), in order to meet LNG and/or pipeline specifications.
Mr. Brown contends that, by having SUPERCOOL plants across the country, the Consumer will quickly accept and adapt to using LNG/CNG as the fuel of choice. “LNG/CNG is significantly less expensive than either gasoline or diesel and burns cleaner, thus reducing emissions into the atmosphere. If the Consumer is provided with a reliable, inexpensive alternative, they will choose that option every time; the problem has been the supply reliability as the LNG product is often transported anywhere from 250 miles to 800 miles, thus leading to uncertainty in the supply chain.” Having local production of the LNG ensures that the supply is always available and will further reduce costs by eliminating or reducing transportation costs.