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Oil & Gas – Filters, Filtration & Separation Solutions

Oil and Gas MarketsBeing a Houston-based company, FTC extensive experience in hydrocarbon filtration, and the various fluids associated with its production and purification.

FTC’s filter elements combine absolute-rated performance with long service life, providing enhanced productivity and cost-savings to all segments of the Energy Sector, including the following:

Oil & Gas - UpstreamCompletion Fluids

FTC has extensive experience in the filtration of completion fluids. We understand the degree of filtration required to optimize flow through the formation and prepare the wellhead for production or injection.

Produced Water

FTC has expertise in the filtration of brine/high-TDS water,either from wellhead discharge, waterflooding, well-stimulation &/or hydraulic fracturing. We have the products and know-how to condition the water, either for re-injection, disposal, discharge or re-use.

Storage Fields

Liquid and gaseous hydrocarbon products are often stored in underground caverns, salt domes, aquifers and depleted oil fields. This clean, dry product often comes out of storage wet and dirty and in need of filtration to restore it to pipeline quality. We have the products to make that happen.

Oil & Gas - Midstream

Pipeline Pigging & Waterdraw

Barrel pigs, spheres and brush pigs are routinely employed to remove corrosion products, sediment, debris and liquids from underground pipelines. Smart pigs and waterdraw are used to verify pipeline integrity. FTC has products designed to filter contaminants out of the collected liquids in compliance with industrial and environmental standards. We also have oil-removing technology for water remediation.

Gas Separation (Coalescence)

FTC has developed a complete line of high-efficiency liquid/gas coalescers to remove the following impurities from natural gas. Our filters interchange with all popular models in the field. And we offer special construction for difficult site-conditions, such as process-solvents or lubricant oil carry-over.

  • Hydrocarbon Condensates
  • Water
  • Compressor Lubrication Oil
  • Amine & Glycol Carry-Over
  • Produced Water Carry-Over
  • Completion Fluids, Brine, Solvents & Anti-Foaming Agents

Gas Sweetening – Amine (Lean & Rich)

FTC is very conversant with the unique requirements of gas de-sulfurization units and CO2-removal units. We have products to purify both lean and rich solvents such as DEA, MEA, MDEA and Selexol™ to prevent solvent foaming and off-spec gas.

Flare Burner Tip Protection

Low NOx, power plant burners and flare stacks have high flow rates, and even low concentrations of contaminants can clog burners over time. FTC can provide burner-tip protection using correct filtration products that offer both high-efficiency and high-capacity, for prolonged trouble-free service.

Gas De-Hydration – Glycol (Lean & Rich)

Glycol units are the technology of choice to remove water from many gas streams including natural gas. . Our filters also help the operators maintain dewpoint suppression and prevent hydrate formation. .FTC has products and expertise to purify TEG, DEG, TREG & MEG and protect the lean-rich heat exchangers, re-boiler fire tubes, and column packing in these units.

Downstream Gas Separation

Natural gas exiting these amine & glycol units often needs polishing to ensure that it is of “pipeline quality”. Upsets in contactor or absorber towers can cause carry-over of impurities into the sales gas. Our gas coalescers will remove these impurities:

  • Foam residues loaded with surfactants and many other impurities
  • Amine solvents
  • Glycol solvents
  • Hydrocarbons

Compressor Stations

Natural gas compressor stations used coalescers to protect the machinery from liquid slugging, particulate wear, hydrates, oils and pipeline debris. FTC’s filters effectively remove these contaminants.

Engine & Meter Protection

Our coalescers and dry gas filters provide protection to turbines, power plants, city gates and meter runs.

Oil & Gas - Downstream


FTC has decades of experience in many refinery unit applications. Here are some of our areas of expertise:

Hydrotreating (Hydrodesulfurization)

Hydrotreaters use excess hydrogen gas under pressure and catalysts to remove sulfur from hydrocarbon structures. Hydrotreaters play a key role today in low sulfur emissions from gasoline and diesel. Filtration protection is critical for unit performance. Some applications are:

  • Sour water filtration
  • Feed filtration
  • Fuel Gas filtration and coalescing
  • Catalyst bed protection against fouling
  • Gas oil purification
  • Recycle oil purification

Hydrocracking (HCU)

Hydrocrackers take feed streams from the crude unit, and use hydrogen in a catalytic bed to hydrogenate and break large hydrocarbon molecules to smaller molecules in a controlled manner. Filtration protection is critical for unit performance. Some applications are:

  • Sour water filtration
  • Feed filtration
  • Fuel Gas filtration and coalescing
  • Catalyst bed protection against fouling
  • Recycle Compressor carry-over

Catalyst Reforming (CRU)

These units combine naphtha and SRG (straight-run gasoline) to make gasoline. Also creates hydrogen gas, light ends and residual gas. Filtration protection is critical for unit performance. Some applications are:

  • Sour water filtration
  • Feed filtration
  • BTX and Reformate filtration
  • Hydrogen Compressor protection
  • Gas Coalescers (Butane, Methane, Propane)
  • Heat Exchanger protection
  • Hydrogen Gas purification

Sulfur Recovery Units (SRU)

Amine Units and Sulfur Recovery and Claus Units, remove H2S from a number of gas refinery gas streams and liquid streams. These units need to operate correctly for both meeting product specifications and environmental regulations. Some filtration uses are:

  • Amine Rich and Lean solvent filtration
  • Inlet gas coalescers
  • Sour water filtration
  • Final Sales Product purification

Catalytic Cracking (FCC)

Catalytic Cracking takes Heavy Gas Oil to produce diesel, naphtha and cycle stock in addition to gasoline. In fact, the FCC unit is a very critical unit in a refinery with its high gasoline production. Filtration protection is essential for unit performance. Some applications are:

  • Sour Water filtration
  • Catalyst protection
  • Slurry Oil purification (catalyst recovery)
  • Flue Gas filtration
  • Boiler protection
  • Turbo-expander protection
  • Gasoline purification and water separation
  • Diesel purification and water separation
  • Furnace Oil purification

MTBE Production

Methyl tert-Butyl Ether is an oxygenate component used in gasoline to enhance its octane rating. The MTBE Unit combines isobutylene and CH3OH over a fixed-bed resin catalyst. Filtration protection is critical for unit performance. Some applications are:

  • Isobutylene feed
  • Methanol feed
  • Product MTBE filtration

Coke Removal

Bottoms from the crude distillation unit undergo thermal cracking to break large hydrocarbons (or Visbreaking to lower hydrocarbon viscosity) to yield coke, asphalt & lube oils. Filtration protection is important for unit performance. Some applications are:

  • Fuel Gas filtration
  • Sour Water filtration

Sour Water Stripping

Sour Water Strippers use steam to drive off H2S & NH3 from various process water streams. Filtration protection is fundamental for unit performance. Some applications are:

  • Sour Water filtration
  • Hydrocarbon removal and recovery
  • Heat Exchanger protection
  • Corrosion solids caused by ammonia and phenols

Refined Product & Petrochemical

In tank farms & custody transfer points, it is critical to keep contaminants out of sales products. All products require filtration and/or de-watering after storage. Some filtration applications are:

  • Blended Gasoline
  • Diesel water removal
  • Kerosene & Jet Fuel solids and water specifications
  • Solvent BTEX
  • Ethylene feed stocks
  • Fuel Oil filtration
  • Bunker Oil filtration
  • Light Ends (Butane, Pentane, Hexane, Propane, etc.)