Baker Hughes Celebrates a Century of Solving Oilfield Emulsion Problems

New generations of TRETOLITE technologies reliably treat any crude composition

Baker Hughes celebrated a century of fluids separation innovation on April 14 with the centennial anniversary of its first TRETOLITE™ demulsifier patent. Originally known as “Tret-O-Lite,” the fluids separation technology became the first patented chemical treatment to successfully separate water from crude, starting a new oilfield industry – specialty chemicals.

In the early 1900s, the first demulsifier chemistry transformed worthless and unsaleable oil into marketable oil and cleaner disposable water. Today, new generations of the TRETOLITE demulsifier and water clarifier technologies continue to reliably treat any crude composition, including conventional, shale, deep water, enhanced oil recovery, heavy oil, and oil sands production.

TRETOLITE fluids separation technologies help deliver on-spec crude oil quickly and efficiently by breaking oilfield emulsions. This process is critical to operators so they can meet production targets and export crude specifications. TRETOLITE technologies offer quick reduction of water in oil, distinct oil/water interface, clean effluent water for disposal and reinjection, low salt in crudes, asphaltene stabilization, reduced fouling and plugging, and environmental regulatory compliance.

Strategically placed regional field labs, global manufacturing and blend plants, and warehousing infrastructure support TRETOLITE service programs so operators can quickly correct poor water quality, decrease oiling of filter media, and mitigate deteriorating injection well conditions.

About Baker Hughes

Baker Hughes is a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry. The company’s 59,000-plus employees today work in more than 80 countries helping customers find, evaluate, drill, produce, transport and process hydrocarbon resources.

TRETOLITE Fluids Separation

Our TRETOLITE™ fluids-separation technology delivers on-spec crude oil quickly and efficiently by breaking oilfield emulsions.

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