GE on Wednesday announced two new products to help refineries
process incompatible crude oil blends.
Unlike many traditional asphaltene dispersants, GE says its
new EmBreak 2167 and EmBreak 2168 crude
stabilizers are ashless and do not contain any metals that
could contribute to catalyst contamination or equipment
These new oil-based crude stabilizers are a part of GE's
that can be used
specifically in refinery
desalters and other oil
and water separation equipment. They are part of GE's family
emulsion breakers, which offer a full
suite of products that span the entire range of crudes,
delivering superior desalter performance and potentially
reducing total costs of operation.
Being ashless and metal free is a benefit to downstream units
and prevents fouling and poisoning, according to company
"Being able to process discounted crude oils depends on the
other crudes that they are blended with, and that is where
EmBreak 2167 and 2168 come into the picture," said Buzz
Barlow, global general manager, hydrocarbon
process technologies for GE Power & Water.
"GE developed a testing methodology to predict crude oil
incompatibility and created innovative chemical crude
stabilizer solutions to help successfully process these
incompatible crude oils," he added.
GE says the new crude stabilizers help refineries more
effectively anticipate and respond to processing issues
associated with opportunity crudes and their incompatibility.
Incompatible crude blends may precipitate asphaltenes or
other heavy molecular weight aliphatics resulting in
uncontrolled emulsions, which can cause poor effluent brine
quality as well as deteriorating salt and solids removal