Amine Sweetening Systems


Can magnetic separation improve reliability and reduce filtration costs?

There are many papers out there on effective management of amine systems. We took a different approach; this is in-depth technical paper on how to mitigate one of the largest detriments to amine systems, black powder contamination, using magnetic separation.


The management of particulate solids in amine sweetening systems is a highly challenging issue for many refineries and gas processing plants.  Black powder contamination – and particularly iron sulfide - in the sub-5 micron range is difficult and expensive to remove with conventional filters.


Magnetic separation systems remove both ferrous and non-ferrous black powder contamination, including iron sulfide, from above 150 microns to below 0.10 microns with 95%+ efficiency.  Effective filtration allows your amine system to operate more efficiently and reduce both the abrasion of vessel materials and the removal of passivating layers.


Here are the contamination related impacts that we discuss in this paper: 

- Expensive filter replacement

- Increased frothing

- Loss in amine efficiency

- Erosion of vessel materials

- The use of expensive chemicals

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4 Reasons to Use Magnetic Filtration in Amine Systems

1. Lower your filtration costs

Our systems utilize high-strength permanent magnetic fields rather than filter membranes to remove particulates. Magnetic elements only require cleaning – there are no single use filter elements - and they do not wear out.  If placed upstream of your existing conventional filtration system, you will largely eliminate particulates and substantially reduce your filter costs.

2. Reduce chemical costs

Small iron sulfide particles contribute to foaming in amine systems; to mitigate this, expensive anti-foaming chemicals and amine replacement are typical solutions.  Our magnetic separator systems remove iron sulfide particles and allow your amine system to operate more efficiently while reducing chemical costs.

3. Minimize touch points

Our magnetic separator systems typically hold hundreds of pounds of contamination, typically requiring infrequent cleaning and significantly reducing employee activity related to filter change-outs.

4. Decrease your environmental footprint

As our systems do not use single-use, throwaway filters, so there are no filter elements to dispose of – just the contamination itself is disposed.

Black Powder Solutions

Black Powder Solutions (BPS) is a Canadian company that designs and manufactures patented magnetic separator systems as an inline, full-flow solution to removing Black Powder™ contamination from hydrocarbon fluids and gases, refined products, petrochemicals and water.

Let us help you with a cost-benefit assessment to help you build the business case.  Fill out a <Project Data Sheet> and we’ll set up a call to ensure we understand your specific situation.

For immediate consultation, call 403-212-1810 and ask for Jason Kulsky or Rolf Wenzel or e-mail us at [email protected].