March 2005

Misc

How to buy and operate desalters

Consider these processing criteria to minimize investment and reduce maintenance expenses for this unit

D. W. CHOI, AMEC Paragon, Houston, Texas       Comments? Write: editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.com A better understanding of the basic operating principles for the desalting process can greatly improve refinery-wide operations. Desalting is preparatory step for refining crude oil. Yet, this unit operation has a profound impact throughout the refinery and its products. Produced crude oil contains salts that if not removed could adversely compromise the refinery equipment. These salts are sourced to cause corrosion, fouling, pluggi

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