Opportunity Crude Processing
Our chemical treatment programs and services reduce refinery feedstock cost and improve feedstock selection flexibility. Our differential chemical technologies and application experience with opportunity crude oil allows you to process higher rates of these feedstocks. This occurs with minimal impact on crude unit reliability, equipment integrity, wastewater treatment plant operation, and other downstream unit operations.
Processing challenges depend on the feedstock’s physical and chemical characteristics and its behavior when blended with other crudes. In addition, the configuration and capabilities of the refinery’s processing units also can pose a challenge.
Address opportunity crude processing challenges
Our technical offerings overcome opportunity crude processing challenges.
Baker Hughes XERIC™ heavy-oil programs allow you to manage higher rates of heavy, high solids, high-asphaltene crude-oil blends and still maintain desired desalter operations and performance.
Our wastewater treatments address high solids, oily effluent water using improved processing schemes and polymers to reduce wastewater plant upsets and improve performance.
Baker Hughes SMARTGUARD™ naphthenic acid corrosion control programs protect critical refinery equipment. Our programs reduce risk when processing high-acid crudes and maximize profit by enabling you to run higher TAN crude blends.
Baker Hughes TOPGUARD™ overhead corrosion control programs, with Ionic Model simulation technology, predict and control the corrosive impact of crude blends and operating conditions, ensuring the integrity and safety of your operations.
Baker Hughes EXCALIBUR™ contaminant removal technology allows you to process high-metal opportunity crudes while continuing to convert reduced crudes in FCCUs and produce on-specification coke and heavy fuel oils.
Baker Hughes ASIT™ asphaltene stability index test predicts the impact of crude oil characteristics on crude storage compatibility, asphaltene precipitation, and desalter emulsion stabilization.
By implementing these capabilities, our customers experience key benefits:
- process higher rates of challenging feedstocks
- process wider varieties of challenging feedstocks
- maintain desalter operational stability and performance during processing
- minimize opportunity crude processing impact on unit operations and equipment integrity.