GE today announced it has introduced the next generation of
its Embreak emulsion breakers. Coupling the new chemistry for
light and medium density crude oils with the first generation
heavy crude oil emulsion breakers, GE now offers a full suite
of products that span the entire range of crudes, delivering
optimal desalter performance, potentially reducing total costs
of operation and increasing environmental benefits.
Building on the success of the first generation, GEs
new emulsion breakers continue the trend of improved chemistry
with a lower environmental footprint that
delivers better performance. The new suite of Embreak products
is designed to help light-to-medium crude oil refineries reduce
nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE), a chemical byproduct of emulsion
breaker intermediate products.
With this next generation of emulsion breakers,
refineries can optimize desalter performance at reduced
chemical costs, while also reducing potential environmental impact, said
Buzz Barlow, general manager, hydrocarbon processwater and
process technologies for GE Power & Water.
This expanded spectrum of Embreak chemistries will
allow us to serve a larger number of refineries around the
globe that can benefit from our technology, added Barlow.
In a recent application, a North American refinery was experiencing frequent
brine quality issues in one of its crude units, resulting in
increased solids in the feed to the desalter. Also, the
refinery had to reprocess a reduced crude stream as a result of
an extended shut down. This situation required the refinery to seek an alternative
approach to the desalter operation to restore performance.
With GEs new Embreak demulsifier chemistry, the
chemical injection was optimized to maintain desalter
performance at reduced chemical costs while eliminating oil
recycling, resulting in $350,000 in operational savings per
year. As a result of this change, the refinery saw a reduction of 33% in
salts and 24 percent improvement in solids removal. In
addition, the demulsifier product used in this case contains no
NPE, lowering the environmental footprint of this