Desalting Optimization

Increase profits by stabilizing crude units with desalting optimization

Baker Hughes desalter optimization services don’t just focus on your desalter. We consider and treat all components that affect the desalter feed quality to improve crude unit operations. Stabilizing the crude unit has a ripple effect to downstream process units and the wastewater treatment plant. This improves assets reliability and assures environmental compliance.

Minimize cost with crude pretreatment

An effective pretreatment program improves and stabilizes the feed quality that curtails demulsifier injection at the desalter. The typical response to desalter upsets is increasing demulsifier pump rates, which is inefficient and costly in terms of chemical. Actual demulsifier usage during upset conditions far outpaces target dosages. By stabilizing the feed and preventing upsets, chemical demand is steady and predictable, and overall cost, typically, are lower. 

Reduce fouling and corrosion

Baker Hughes emulsion-breaking chemical programs allow you to economically process any feedstock, including opportunity crudes. Optimum solids, salts, and contaminants removal in the desalter reduces fouling and controls corrosion better in heat exchangers and overheads.

Banish problems with slop-oil treatment

Slop-oil reprocessing contains high levels of stable emulsions and solids that cause desalter problems. Our solutions reprocess slop oils with minimal impact on desalter performance, crude unit, and wastewater treatment plant operations.

Optimize water quality with wastewater treatment

Desalter effluent water quality limits crude oil selection or charge rates if the wastewater plant can't handle the load. A solids wetting agent with a well-managed mud-washing program at the desalter reduces solids buildup in the interface and reduces oil undercarry. Polymers in the desalter wash water offer better brine quality and a quick recovery from desalter upset.

Slop-oil handling and wastewater treatment plant operations are improved because of lower hydrocarbon loading, which decreases operating cost. Let us optimize your refinery to handle higher oil and solids levels in the feed to the wastewater plant.

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