GSM 2014 August North Dakota - Day 4
Jul 13, 2015Public
Photo: Petro-Hunt is owner and the operator of the Little Knife Gas Processing Plant west of Killdeer, ND.
Photo: Their mission statement
Photo: Before a detailed explanation of what their plant does, they treated us to coffee, orange juice, and cookies in their break room.
Photo: A bumper sticker on the refrigerator in their break room.
Photo: As you can see, we all had to wear reflective vests and hard hats for the plant tour.
Photo: I took this photo with a flash and was amused by how prominent the reflective stripes appeared.
Photo: Blackboard list of the gasses they work with. Basically, they separate gas from the well into natural gas (methane & ethane), propane, and natural gasolines (butane, etc.).
Photo: We listen intently!
Photo: The actual tour begins.  The Little Knife Gas Plant processes and treats associated gas produced from the Petro-Hunt operated Little Knife oil field in McKenzie, Billings, and Dunn Counties, ND.
Photo: In addition to treating gas produced from the Little Knife wells, the plant also treats and processes products from third parties who operate oil and gas wells in surrounding Williston Basin areas.
Photo: Natural-gas processing is a complex industrial process designed to clean raw natural gas by separating impurities and various non-methane hydrocarbons and fluids to produce what is known as pipeline quality dry natural gas.
Photo: Most natural gas extracted from the Earth contains, to varying degrees, low molecular weight hydrocarbon compounds; examples include methane, ethane, propane and butane.
Photo: This was a very thorough plant tour: Our tour guide (he doesn't need to wear a vest!) led us all around the facility and gave us full explanations of the equipment and processes used.
Photo: The facility included miles of piping of various diameters.
Photo: Natural-gas processing plants purify raw natural gas by removing common contaminants such as water, carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide. Some of the substances which contaminate natural gas have economic value and are further processed or sold.
Photo: A fully operational plant delivers pipeline-quality dry natural gas that can be used as fuel by residential, commercial, and industrial consumers.
Photo: Speaking of hydrogen sulfide...
Photo: We see some of the myriad of electrical equipment in the plant.
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Photo: One of the many compressors in the plant.
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Photo: Much of the raw natural gas enters the plant through buried pipelines.