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S-Con Construction Progresses on 120 MMSCFD Refrigerated J-T Plant

S-Con continues to make great progress in its Construction effort to install the 120 MMSCFD Refrigerated J-T Plant. Both S-Con’s Shop Facility and Field Construction crews continue to work diligently to produce and install the Client supplied Balance of Plant design within a very tight completion schedule. S-Con has over 50 people at its Shop Facility dedicated to this one project and over 200 people (S-Con and its subcontractors) at the Construction site. The twenty (20)S-Con Process Skids were shipped from S-Con’s Bryan, Texas Facility over a period of five (5) weeks and have all been set in place, along with numerous pieces of S-Con and Client supplied “ship loose” equipment. When completed, the plant is expected to process up to 120 MMSCFD of inlet gas and recover upwards of 90% of the contained propane.

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S-Con completes 120 MMSCFD refrigerated J-T Plant

S-Con completed all of the process skids for the 120 MMSCFD refrigerated J-T Plant this week, and began its shipment to Wyoming.

See pictures of the completed product below:





S-Con awarded construction/installation of the 120 MMSCFD refrigerated J-T Plant

On March 24, 2014, S-Con was awarded the Construction/Installation of the 120 MMSCFD refrigerated J-T Plant currently being fabricated in S-Con’s Shop in Bryan, Texas.  The Process Plant, consisting of twenty (20) Skids/Modules and various other equipment supplied by the Owner, is to be installed at a Wyoming location, with essentially all Process Equipment installed inside Process Buildings.  To ensure proper fit-up and spacing, S-Con assembled all Process Skids/Modules inside its Assembly Shop, before preparing them for shipment to the Field.  While Field Mobilization will not begin until early April, S-Con and the Owner expect to have the entire Plant up and operating by November 1, 2014.


S-Con’s SUPERCOOL Process Presented at Conference

S-Con’s Trey Brown attended the Bakken/Three Forks Shale Oil Innovation Conference in Grand Forks, ND from February 10-12, where he presented the SUPERCOOL Process as a new and cost effective means of capturing flared gas into salable liquid hydrocarbon products (NGL and LNG) and eliminating emissions into the atmosphere. The presentation was warmly received with numerous questions being asked on how it could best be applied.

S-Con’s Trey Brown to present new SUPERCOOL technology at conference

S-Con’s Trey Brown and Rick Crooker will be attending the Bakken/Three Forks Oil Innovation Conference & Expo, to be held in Grand Forks, North Dakota February 10-12.  Mr. Brown will be presenting on S-Con’s new SUPERCOOL technology and how it may be used to eliminate flaring of associated gas and, instead, recover 100% of the NGL’s and provide a LNG fuel supply.  When implemented, S-Con believes this technology will represent the MACT/BACT method for eliminating flaring of natural gas into the atmosphere, with essentially no emissions.

Read more about S-Con’s SUPERCOOL Technology here.


S-Con Design and Fabrication of Custom 120 MMSCFD Processing Plant

Work continues to progress on the detailed design and fabrication of a custom, 120 MMSCFD Refrigerated J-T Plant.  The Plant, when completed, will consist of more than 20 process skids and include a 200-gpm Amine Plant, 3-bed Mol Sieve Plant, the Refrigerated J-T Plant with a De-methanizer/De-ethanizer, the Refrigeration System (using Propylene Refrigerant) and a Hot Oil System to supply necessary process heat.  When finished, S-Con will have designed and fabricated this plant within eight (8) months of being released to proceed.




S-Con Inc.: Dedicated to the Natural Gas Processing Industry

From US Business Executive:

S-Con Inc. (S-Con), based in Bryan, Texas, is a full-service engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction company. Green Smith, having spent almost 20 years prior in the industry, founded S-Con in 1990 to target the natural gas treating and processing industry.

Trey Brown, current vice president of engineering and construction at S-Con, explains the company has evolved over its history to become a one-stop solution for the natural gas industry. When initially founded, S-Con catered to refurbishing and relocating existing natural gas plants. By 2003 shop fabrication services were added to S-Con’s array of services to increase quality control and additional control over skid package fabrication and deliveries.

S-Con – with 100,000 square feet of office, shop and warehouse space, as well as a new state-of-the-art paint facility – is now able to meet many needs. These include the removal of acid gas components in an amine gas treating process or recovery of natural gas liquids (NGL) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in refrigerated, JT or cryogenic gas processing plants.

“We’ve more than doubled in size over the last three years,” says Brown. “It’s been a little challenging as of late with some of the new government regulations and ongoing uncertainty, but generally S-Con has grown and become much more prominent in the industry.”

S-Con has a team of 165 employees working with a variety of customers. “Green Smith and his team built this company from the ground up,” says Brown. S-Con performs most of its work in Texas, as well as the four surrounding states of Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. However, jobs have been performed in several other states, as well, including Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and other states along the Gulf Coast.

The company takes pride in delivering innovative design, robust engineering, superior fabrication and quality construction. Brown also claims S-Con lives up to the motto of producing projects as ordered, on time and on budget.

Innovation and Resourcefulness

According to Brown, S-Con continues to evolve by way of adapting to the economic and regulatory climate within the country. In addition to working with a variety of customers, S-Con doesn’t stop looking for ways to provide a better service or product. “We have to adapt to the changing landscape of the industry,” says Brown.

A lot of the facilities S-Con is currently working on are much smaller due to government regulations that prohibit or limit CO2 emissions. Another innovative aspect includes the development of a new technique for liquefaction and fractionation of natural gas into Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and NGL products, allowing the products to be transported to market and eliminating emissions.

“It’s a brand-new technology that we have developed,” says Brown. “It allows people to be green, while also marketing a cleaner alternative fuel [LNG].”

Identifying Stability and Growth

When the economy took a downward turn in 2008, S-Con was able to maintain its staff. “S-Con management used the good times to prepare for the bad times,” says Brown. “Those were tight times, but upper management kept the company in good financial condition.”

S-Con’s ability to survive the tumultuous economy was driven by its innovation. “If you don’t adapt, then you end up going out of business,” says Brown. “We’re always looking for the next opportunity and how to best manage the company.”

Brown admits a lot of business decisions have come based on what S-Con employees have heard directly from clients. The company takes great care to sit down with each customer and have a conversation about his or her needs. Then the team takes the required steps to find a solution for the client and produce it.

Smart scheduling is also a major component to the success of S-Con. Brown explains that without proper scheduling the company can’t deliver a project on time and at the price given. “If we can maintain the schedule and the budget, we feel that we’ve done our job properly,” he says.

Brown doesn’t see the company’s growth slowing down any time soon. “If everything goes according to plan, we’ll be expanding in the next few years,” he says. “We believe the new process we created is going to open up all kinds of opportunities for us.” The company will continue to offer the services and products it has in the past, while innovative efforts will ensure S-Con Inc. thrives through the future.

New, patent-pending SUPERCOOL process

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.

New Maintenance, Service and Repair Building

S-CON has announced plans for the addition of a separate building to consolidate the maintenance of the considerable equipment inventory utilized by both the Bryan fabrication facility and off-site construction crews. This building will help insure all equipment is serviced and maintained in a timely manner to eliminate unexpected down-times.

New Corporate Office

S-CON is well underway in the construction of a new, corporate office building located at the Bryan, Texas facilities. This new building will house upper management and accounting, leaving the original, three-year old Corporate building available for Engineering, Drafting and Procurement Projects teams.