November 2014

Refining Developments

Manage the impacts of high-solids crude oil more effectively

Solids in crude oils present refiners with many challenges. Processing higher-solids-content crude oils increases the need for the management of such solids even more. The Canadian Association of Petr..

Longtin, D., Hoffman, G., Baker Hughes

Solids in crude oils present refiners with many challenges. Processing higher-solids-content crude oils increases the need for the management of such solids even more. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers forecast that oil production from the country’s oil sands will rise from 1.8 MMbpd to 5.2 MMbpd by 2030.1 These high-viscosity crudes tend to carry high solids loadings due to their extraction methods. The shale crudes being produced in large quantities also have demonstrated high solids loadings. The problems associated with high-solids crude oils will continue to pose major challenges. Traditional treatment The refining industry has been seeking a means to increase s

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