TOPGUARD Field Amine Measurement Services Detect Low MEA Concentrations Quickly and Reliably

Early detection helps refiners manage corrosion risk

HOUSTON – (September 18, 2014) – Baker Hughes announced today the commercial release of its TOPGUARD™ field amine measurement services, designed to help refiners manage corrosion risk by rapidly detecting low levels of monoethanolamine (MEA) in crude units. TOPGUARD services can detect and quantify MEA levels as low as 1 ppm.

Amine measurement typically relies on ion chromatography assessments, which, in most cases, require a day or longer to analyze results. By testing for MEA on site, Baker Hughes can rapidly provide critical data about its presence and concentration – often in as little as one hour. These results, when combined with data from the TOPGUARD corrosion risk monitor (CRM), deliver a comprehensive corrosion risk assessment that helps determine the need to mitigate MEA hydrochloride salt formation. With this evaluation, refiners can make timely adjustments to crude tower operations and implement mitigation programs to enhance operating efficiency.

TOPGUARD field amine measurement services are the latest addition to the Baker Hughes TOPGUARD overhead corrosion control program, which helps refiners predict and control the corrosive impact of crude blends and operating conditions in crude units.

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