January 2021

Process Optimization

Search for advanced technique of desalter control—TON control for interface level

While it may seem like a simple vessel, the desalter is a critical section in a crude distillation unit.

Mandal, K. K., Nayara Energy Ltd.

While it may seem like a simple vessel, the desalter is a critical section in a crude distillation unit. Its purpose is to remove salt and impurities from the crude oil. Improving desalter performance will increase reliability of the downstream equipment, as well as secondary units. Most crude available in today’s market is heavy and tough in nature, so the removal of salt and impurities from crude oil, the reduction of oil carryover and brine pose significant challenges. Several articles are available that offer valuable suggestions and best practices about desalter operations, as well as operational variables, including chemical treatment/dosing. However, very little literature is availab

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