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Shale oil has rapidly become a favorite crude feed for US refiners. Yet variations in shale oil composition from basin to basin ― and even within basins —plus many common characteristics of shale oil, can lead to significant disruptions across the refining supply chain that can cause a range of financial and production issues.
The Bakken field produces both tight and shale oil. Similarly, oil produced from the Utica shale play in the Appalachian Basin differs from what is produced from the Eagle Ford or Cline fields in south and west Texas. And, there are variations in API gravity, hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and solids content, crude quality, and other shale oil characteristics within each of those fields.
Among issues that can challenge shale oil processing are the following.
A comprehensive solution
Baker Hughes offers a combination of experience, proven technologies, and problem-solving capabilities at each step in the refining supply chain process to help eliminate or mitigate challenges and optimize economics. Among these are H2S scavengers, oil/water separation products, antifoulants and blending stability chemicals, contaminant removers, pipeline drag reducers, and finished fuel additives.
Designing the right programs to optimize refinery economics
Understanding the shale oil refining process and the potential challenges at each step in the process is essential to optimizing refinery economics.