The Claus process is the industry standard and so the most
significant gas desulfurizing process, recovering elemental sulfur
from gaseous hydrogen sulfide.
The process is commonly referred to as a sulfur recovery unit
(SRU) and is very widely used to produce sulfur from the
hydrogen sulfide found in raw natural gas and from the by-product
sour gases containing hydrogen sulfide derived from refining
petroleum crude oil and other industrial facilities.
There are many hundreds of Claus sulfur recovery units in
In fact, the vast majority of the 68,000,000 metric tons of sulfur
produced worldwide in one year is by-product sulfur from
petroleum refining and natural gas processing plants.