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High nitrogenous natural gas

Up to the present, in Poland 2 high nitrogenous natural gas (HNNG) fields characterized by the nitrogen content over 90% have been documented – Cychry and Sulęcin fields, located in the Polish Lowlands. HNNG is a raw material of a quality good enough for the production of a liquid nitrogen but it is more often used to the adjustment nitrogen content in the natural gas pipelines of the domestic distribution network. However, its utility for the latter purpose is smaller than that of gas from the fields with lower nitrogen content but not smaller than 70%, which are not differentiated as a separate group of HNNG fields.

Cychry and Sulęcin fields occur in Zechstein main dolomite. The chemical composition of gas from Sulęcin field is: 97.60% of nitrogen, 1.60% of methane, 0.40% of ethane, 0.36% of heavy hydrocarbons and 0.04% of carbon dioxide; whereas gas from Cychry field contains: 91.00% of nitrogen, 5.20% of methane, 1.30% of ethane, 0.22% of carbon dioxide. The resources of these two fields are presented in Table 1.

At present, exploitation of HNNG is limited to Cychry field only.

Prepared by: Martyna Czapigo-Czapla, Dariusz Brzeziński