Posts Tagged ‘Desalter’

Refinery Desalter Efficient and Reliable Operation

Posted in Downstream Hydrocarbons, Level on Monday, March 26th, 2018. No comments yet
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While oil and gas production processing equipment can separate the gas, oil, basic sediment and water from the production stream, this equipment typically can’t separate the salt that can be found in solution in the oil. At high enough concentrations, this salt can lead to corrosion and fouling of downstream refining equipment and operations. In […]

Challenges in Refining Tight Oil

Posted in Downstream Hydrocarbons on Monday, April 13th, 2015. No comments yet
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If you’re like me you may have you wondered why with all the U.S. shale oil production, there are calls to change federal law to allow exports even though the U.S is a large oil importer. The answer comes to me in an excellent Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) article, Working with Tight Oil, by Emerson’s […]

Monitoring Heat Exchangers for Fouling and Energy Inefficiencies

Posted in Downstream Hydrocarbons on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011. No comments yet
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A abstract highlights the importance of heat exchangers in refinery energy-efficiency efforts: Crude oil fouling in pre-heat train heat exchangers has been a major problem in oil refining for decades. The operating problems, increased energy requirements and greenhouse gases emissions, which arise from the inefficiencies caused by fouling, are discussed. Emerson’s Tim Olsen and […]

Refinery Desalter Guided Wave Radar Level Measurement

Posted in Downstream Hydrocarbons, Measurement Instrumentation on Tuesday, April 5th, 2011. No comments yet
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Hydrocarbon Engineering magazine published an article by Emerson’s Sarah Parker, Using Guided Wave Radar for desalter interface measurements will improve efficiency, increase reliability and reduce maintenance. The article is not available online to non-subscribers, so I highlight a few points from the article. For those not familiar with a refinery’s desalting process, it is the […]