Unlike many traditional asphaltene dispersants, GE’s EmBreak 2167 and EmBreak 2168 crude stabilisers are ashless and do not contain any metals, such as phosphorous or calcium, that could contribute to catalyst contamination or equipment fouling.
The stabilisers are a part of the company’s patent-pending technology that can be used specifically in refinery desalters and other oil and water separation equipment. They are part of the EmBreak range of emulsion breakers.
“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 – water and process technologies for GE Power & Water.
“GE developed a testing methodology to predict crude oil incompatibility and created innovative chemical crude stabiliser solutions to help successfully process these incompatible crude oils.”
Incompatible crudes 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 efficiency.