The Production of Elemental Sulphur from Jumping Pound Natural Gas

CIM Bulletin, 1952


IT IS NOT necessary here to dwell on the fact that sulphur is currently in short supply. It may be well, however, to point out that this shortage is not merely a temporary condition, but that, judging by trends in world consumption of sulphur, it may be anticipated that requirements will double in the next ten years. Even with improved techniques for mining elementaI sulphur in the United States and the new finds in Louisiana, there is much concern as to how these future sulphur requirements can be met. It appears necessary to .turn more and more to other sources than elemental sulphur for additional production. The three major alternative sources are: ( 1) By-product sulphuric acid from smelter gases. (2) Sulphur and sulphuric acid from sulphides. (3) Sulphur from hydrogen sulphide contained in natural gas. The Jumping Pound sulphur plant of the Shell Oil Company of Canada, Limited, is designed to produce sulphur by the third of these methods.
Keywords: carbon dioxide, natural gas field, Shell Oil Company, sulphur, sulphuric acid, Furnaces, Natural gas, Plants, Production, Shell, sulphide, Sulphides, sulphur, Temperature