August 2018

Water Management

Impact of opportunity crudes on refinery desalter and wastewater treatment performance—Part 1

Refiners are becoming increasingly dependent on opportunity crudes to stay competitive and enhance margins in the industry’s present uncertain state.

Basu, S., Headworks Intl.

Refiners are becoming increasingly dependent on opportunity crudes to stay competitive and enhance margins in the industry’s present uncertain state. Opportunity crude is a term to describe newer types of crudes that have not been traditionally processed in the past. Although these crudes offer refiners an opportunity to buy at much lower than West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent benchmark prices, their abundance has created major challenges to global refining operations due to the special characteristics that make such crudes difficult to process. Refiners are compelled to take special measures to overcome these difficulties, including blending these crudes with traditional ones to bala

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