Mechanical Refrigerant Units (MRUs)

Mechanical Refrigeration Units (MRUs) are used to cool natural gas in an effort to reduce the hydrocarbon dew point of the gas to meet pipeline quality specifications, or maximize the natural gas liquid (NGL) recovery of a natural gas stream to improve the overall monetary return of a natural gas stream.
Kinder Morgan’s MRUs utilize gas-to-gas exchangers and Freon to gas exchangers, to reach cold separator temperatures ranging from 0ºF to -50ºF.
Some advantages of using MRUs include:
  • Fully skid mounted units capable of processing gas from 0.1 to 20 MMSCFD
  • Low DP across the equipment
  • Capable of providing process temperatures down to -50ºF (with optional JT assist)
  • High reliability and low maintenance requirements
  • Very little or low emissions
  • 1440# MAOP to satisfy high pressure applications
  • 10:1 or better turndown capabilities for flexible operations

Joule-Thomson (JT) Plants

With Kinder Morgan Treating, you have access to the most extensive lease and purchase equipment fleet in the industry – which includes JT (Joule-Thomson) plants ranging in size from 0.1 MMscfd to 30 MMscfd. All JT plants are mounted on a single skid for fast and inexpensive installation and startup.
Our JT plants include:
  • Adjustable JT valve that can provide the right differential pressure (DP) for your application
  • Heat exchanger to optimize gas temperatures and liquid yield
  • Cold separator to efficiently capture produced natural gas liquids (NGLs)
  • Skid mounted instruments and controls, operating on process gas or instrument air
  • 1440# MAOP to satisfy high pressure applications
  • Require no electricity and contain no moving parts
  • 10:1 turndown capability