I attended the Petrophase XIII International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling held from June 10 – 14, 2012 in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. During the conference, many sessions were devoted to heavy oils and petroleum-water emulsions. Energy industries are increasingly relying on heavy oil reserves that pose significant challenges in production, transportation and refining. Typical features of heavy crude oil e.g. high viscosity, strong emulsion tendency, high amount of solids/contaminants etc. require novel technologies/methodologies to i) study physics and chemistry of oil-water emulsion, and ii) develop robust flow assurance strategy. For their role in addressing these challenges of optimizing oil-water separation and minimizing asphaltenes/gas hydrates precipitation, FBRM® and PVM® probe technologies garnered significant attention during Petrophase 13 conference.
Based on positive feedback from several Petrophase XIII conference attendees, we put together a new on-demand webinar: Optimize Separations in Dark Crude Oil. This webinar will introduces technologies that can be implemented by both lab researcher and field operator to measure the particle and droplet system in crude oil at standard operating temperatures and pressures, without sampling or sample dilution. In addition, two case studies are presented highlighting valuable scientific information gathered from real time data:
- Optimizing Oil-Water Separations Using the Inline ElectroCoalescer (FMC Technologies)
- Understanding Hydrate Formation Mechanisms and Inhibition (University of Tulsa)