Even though we’re not a shipyard, Mueller Environmental Designs is building a fleet of submarines for Blue Racer Midstream. And while that may sound strange, let us explain.
Because of its appearance, we refer to our KLS-1BSC slug catcher separation system as the “submarine”. Like all of our industry-leading KLS helical coil separators, it’s extraordinarily effective at removing black powder, glycol, and other contaminants. In addition, the 1BSC incorporates a high capacity storage tank to accommodate the large liquid volumes it is capable of removing. It may not dive beneath the ocean surface, but Blue Racer has proven that it’s the perfect unit for much of their operations, slashing maintenance costs and downtime while significantly improving throughput. They started with two units, and we’re now constructing seven more, including vessels ranging in size up to 96” ID x 50’. That’s more submarines than many nations’ navies!
Mueller KLS slug catcher systems are widely proven to handle extremely heavy liquid loads while maintaining superior separation efficiency and eliminating the need for additional downstream separation. With no replaceable filters or moving parts, they slash maintenance costs and have an extraordinary record for reliability. In fact, in hundreds of installations over the last decade and a half, no KLS unit has ever failed.
Blue Racer Midstream is a joint venture between Caiman Energy and Dominion, dedicated to providing Utica Shale producers with midstream services. Known for its speed, the blue racer snake is indigenous to Ohio and the source of the company’s name. With midstream assets strategically located in the heart of the Utica and a robust expansion plan in place to serve production from both the Utica and rich gas regions in the Marcellus Shale, the services provided by Blue Racer's system of assets include natural gas gathering, compression, treating, processing and transportation; condensate handling; and the fractionation, storage, transportation and marketing of natural gas liquids.
Mueller is proud to supply our innovative equipment not only to Blue Racer, but to its parent companies, Caiman Energy and Dominion as well.