Waste sulfur disposal: Conceptual design of a sulfur sequestration process using alkaline minerals

Tim A. Rappold, Klaus S. Lackner

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Abstract

Excess production of by-product sulfur from oil and gas requires sequestration beyond acid gas injection and the piling of elemental sulfur. Here we introduce a process concept for the disposal of sulfur as magnesium sulfate brine. Besides H 2S and air, the process requires the addition of an alkaline mineral, such as olivine (Mg 2SiO 4), and water or seawater. As a waste product, Mg 2SiO 4 is benign and thermodynamically stable. The product brine could therefore be disposed of in the ocean or in permeable underground formations, without the need to closely monitor its fate. The overall process is highly exothermic (895 kJ/mol S) and can provide carbon-neutral thermal energy for steam generation and other processes. Two unit processes are reviewed to assess their potential to operate at industrial reaction conditions (∼ 1 μmol/cm 3/sec). The unit processes include 1) the absorption of SO 2 into aqueous solution and its subsequent catalytic oxidation to yield dilute sulfuric acid, and 2) a neutralizing unit, which dissolves the mineral olivine in the acid. The reaction kinetics of the neutralizing unit is favorable; the development of the absorbing-oxidizing unit will require additional research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Petroleum Technology Conference, IPTC 2008
Pages1232-1245
Number of pages14
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Petroleum Technology Conference, IPTC 2008 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: Dec 3 2008Dec 5 2008

Publication series

NameInternational Petroleum Technology Conference, IPTC 2008
Volume2

Other

OtherInternational Petroleum Technology Conference, IPTC 2008
CountryMalaysia
CityKuala Lumpur
Period12/3/0812/5/08

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Fuel Technology

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    Rappold, T. A., & Lackner, K. S. (2008). Waste sulfur disposal: Conceptual design of a sulfur sequestration process using alkaline minerals. In International Petroleum Technology Conference, IPTC 2008 (pp. 1232-1245). (International Petroleum Technology Conference, IPTC 2008; Vol. 2).