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ICL Innovation, a technology incubator for the ICL group, seeks novel asphaltene inhibitors and asphaltene dispersants for the oil industry. As the efficiency of dispersants with different origins is questionable for each typical oil sample, the present study provides a reproducible and. Dodecyl resorcinol has the best performance at concentration of 50 ppm as an asphaltene dispersant and causes required n-heptane volume increment of 2%.

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Similar effects were observed in squeeze applications of asphaltene dispersants alone or with paraffin inhibitors.

Asphaltene Dispersants for Oil Industry

It is well-known that the performance of asphaltene inhibitors are oil-specific. Asphaltenes exist in the form of colloidal dispersions stabilized by other constituents of the xispersant oil.

However, some asphaltene inhibitors do now show a critical concentration, but instead show an accumulative effect in reducing the amount of asphaltene asphaltrne. Cleanup of tank bottoms with an asphaltene dispersant has been a popular alternative to opening the tank in order to mechanically remove thick asphaltene solids for disposal. Help to improve this page What’s this? The technique monitors asphaltene agglomeration while undergoing titration with an incompatible solvent precipitant.

Contact Us Subscribe to newsletter How to contribute? Information on ICL’s current product line can be found at www. Asphaltene deposition is a major problem both upstream and downstream in the petroleum industry.

Marques, Gaspar Gonzalez, Jair B. Our research and development laboratories in North Asphaletne, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia are dispersannt with industry experts and state of the art analytical and application equipment.


Did you find what you were looking for? Circulating the dispersant in a tank with heated crude has also dispersed the tarry solid into dispersany oil for sale with normal produced crude.

One major problem is their agglomeration at the water-oil interface of crude oil emulsions. Like asphaltene inhibitors, the performance of asphaltene dispersants is also specific to the types of oils.

A product that works well on one type of oil may not work well on other fluids. A thermodynamic model has been proposed for asphaltene inhibition by treating asphaltenes as micelles [ 2 dispersqnt.

Since asphaltene inhibitors prevent precipitation, they are best applied upstream of the location where asphaltene onset pressure occurs, typically downhole.

These are asphaltene dispersants AD and asphaltene inhibitors AI.

Asphaltene inhibitor

Asphaltene inhibitor AI refers to chemical additives that help prevent asphaltene deposition when dosed at very low concentrations into the oil up to a few hundred parts per million by volumeunlike asphaltene solvents that typically require much higher concentrations to work percent level. About us Contact us Help Terms of use. Del Bianco and F.

Therefore, some asphaltene inhibitors can function as asphaltene dispersants. Proceedings of an international conference Subsea Controls and Data Acquisition ‘ Some asphaltene inhibitors demonstrate a critical concentration level below which no performance is observed, but once above, it shows a dramatic effect by preventing asphaltene from flocculation.

These naturally occurring dispersions can be easily disturbed by a variety of mechanical and physicochemical conditions involved in oil field recovery and production, Changes in temperature and pressure, commingling of crude and condensate streams, and especially the use of enhanced recovery techniques can result in asphaltene destabilization, precipitation, and eventual deposition. They provide real inhibition since they prevent the aggregation of asphaltene molecules and therefore shift the asphaltene onset pressure.


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Two case studies are presented that demonstrate how asphaltene dispersants can efficiently inhibit pad formation and help reduce demulsifier dosage.

Although generally referred to as asphaltene inhibitors by the industrythis class of additives can actually further divided as asphaltene inhibitors and asphaltene dispersants, depending on their mechanisms of preventing asphaltene deposition. The proposal would need to clearly describe the technical concept chemical approach, structure if IP protected and proof of concept results, if available.

Asphaltene Dispersants as Demulsification Aids. Destabilization of petroleum asphaltenes may cause a multitude of problems in crude oil recovery and production.

Asphaltene Dispersant & Pour Point Depressant

Asphaltene squeeze into the formation diseprsant been proposed, but has not been proven effective most due to short squeeze life [ 5 ].

For example, continuous or batch downhole treatments prevented deposition in the flowlines and tubing providing increased production rates and decreased downtime for many producers. Certain polymeric dispersants increase asphaltene solubilization in hydrocarbon media, and when used in conjunction with emulsion breakers, facilitate the demulsification process. Advanced search Show search help. Once deposited, asphaltenes pose a multitude of problems for crude oil producers.