The Metan Solution

A Metan catalytic conversion unit can significantly reduce oil and gas producers’ environmental impact at a low cost. These units run on the very low back pressures inherent to the wellhead or some storage tank vents.  They require an electrical current available from a portable generator to start after which they continue as a self-sustaining chemical reaction that can operate unattended for extended periods of time. The units attach directly to the surface casing vent with little additional piping and fittings or storage tank vents with some modifications.

 Our Product

Metan developed and bench tested a device that oxidizes methane through a catalytic process. This concept was converted to three commercial units with varying capacities of up to 14 cubic meters per day of methane gas by our partner, ETTER Engineering.

Catalytic heaters are currently used as a source for infrared heat for space heating or curing of coatings. The efficiency of catalytic oxidation in these applications has been measured at greater than 99% with no detectable amounts of NOx or CO. The catalytic oxidation of methane is a controlled reaction which is different than rapid uncontrolled oxidation such that occurs during flaring. The chemical reaction that occurs during catalytic oxidation proceeds at approximately 500 to 950 degrees Fahrenheit. The unit is inherently safe as higher than design flows of gas actually reduce the maximum operating temperature. The auto-ignition temperature of methane is 1,300 degrees F.

The products resulting from the destruction of methane gas by the catalytic unit is water and carbon dioxide, which although a greenhouse gas in itself, is significantly less potent than Methane.

The commercial units will be fabricated and marketed by Metan’s partner, ETTER Engineering who has intellectual property (Patent Pending) in the design of the enclosure to operate in most environments including Northern Canada. The overall design of the units results in turndowns of up to 20% of rated capacity and can accommodate a wide range of flow rates.

Learn more about ETTER Engineering  and the Catalytic Methane Abatement System here:

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Proven Technology

ETTER has constructed three functional units that have been extensively tested and are ready for field testing.