Operation Flexibility Considerations in the Selection of a Pumped LOX Air Separation Process Incorporating a Source of High Pressure Feed Air
Publication Date: 2003-Sep-12
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An air separation process separates ambient or synthetic mixtures composed primarily of nitrogen, oxygen and argon into one or more streams that are enriched in one or more of the feed components. A typical example is the production of oxygen from air for use in a partial oxidation chemical process such as the conversion of a hydrocarbon into a synthetic gas stream composed primarily of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. A second example is the production of nitrogen from air for use as an inert gas for injection into oil or gas fields to enhance hydrocarbon production. A third example is the co-production of oxygen, nitrogen and argon streams in relatively pure form, as liquids and/or gases, for use in a variety of industrial applications.