Michell Instruments’ Condumax II Hydrocarbon Dew-Point Analyzer, Result Driven, Best in Class for Natural Gas Quality

Michell Instruments’ Condumax II Hydrocarbon Dew-Point Analyzer is helping improve natural gas quality at a natural gas storage site in Europe. The in-use analyzer is creating quite a buzz for its accuracy and reliability, gaining market share as one of the best analyzers of its kind.

Rowley, MA: Michell Instruments has one of its top performing analyzers, the Condumax II, working its magic at a natural gas storage facility in Europe. The storage operator had lost confidence in his existing analyzers as the hydrocarbon dew point readings were erratic and the water dew point readings were unresponsive. The Condumax II Hydrocarbon Dew-Point Analyzer was installed at the facility and a side-by-side test showed the Michell analyzer provided faster measurements that were more accurate than the existing analyzers.

Fast response is critical to natural gas storage operators as they must provide emergency gas supply to satisfy peak demand on the transmission network, particularly during winter months. The storage operator rented a Condumax II Hydrocarbon and Water Dew-Point analyzer to provide measurements in parallel with the operator’s current analyzers. This allowed them to check the accuracy and responsiveness of their equipment against a different analyzer at minimum capital expense, however because of the positive results, the Michell Condumax II was permanently installed.

During the test period, the Condumax II provided consistent hydrocarbon dew-point readings, and showed better levels of response at lower dew points than the previously installed analyzers. The Condumax water dew-point readings taken during the test period responded significantly faster to changes in the process than the analyzers under review.

At the end of the test, the company was satisfied that its concerns about the reliability of the readings of the current analyzers were justified. As the engineer explained: ‘The [previous analyzer] drifts to higher hydrocarbon dew point levels over time in direct comparison to the consistent and repeatable CONDUMAX II hydrocarbon dew-point readings over several days. This drift behavior and direction is a problem, because it brings the reading nearer to the agreed [maximum] contract value for hydrocarbon dew point with [the customer] ... in [some] cases they were close to breaking the contract value.’

Because the customer needed to have complete confidence in the levels of hydrocarbon and water dew point in the process, they chose to permanently install the Condumax II.

Condumax II Hydrocarbon
If you would like more information please contact:

Sarah Lawrence
Michell Instruments
Lancaster Way Business Park
Ely, Cambridgeshire
Tel - +44(0)1353 658 000
Fax - +44(0)1353 658 199
e-mail - sarah.lawrence@michell.com

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About Michell Instruments

Established in 1974, the Michell Instruments Group of Companies brings more than 35 years of research, design and technology to the field of instrumentation and control. The current product range includes dew point transmitters, chilled mirror hygrometers, relative humidity (RH) sensors, hydrocarbon dew point analyzers, moisture in liquid analyzers and oxygen analyzers. The company serves industries as diverse as petrochemical and pharmaceutical to power generation and food processing.

Michell Instruments has three manufacturing locations: UK, The Netherlands and France. The company has an extensive network of factory trained application engineers, subsidiaries and distributors stretching across 56 countries.