Every year, the world uses in the region of 100 trillion scf (standard cubic feet) of natural gas (1). All of this gas requires treatment before it enters the pipeline, making natural gas processing a key global industry. Minimization of costs is achieved through optimization of these processes, requiring accurate online measurement of gas composition at multiple points in the chain. New proposed guidelines require the development of more sensitive detection limits. The field of optics already plays a large part in existing measurement technologies and further developments promise to provide improved techniques for use in natural gas analysis.
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