Baker Hughes Develops Asphalt Additives to Reduce Hydrogen Sulfide Levels

Additives help to achieve health, safety and environmental compliance

HOUSTON, TX – August 10, 2010 – Baker Hughes has developed a chemical additives line specially designed to remove hydrogen sulfide from asphalt or bitumen products. Baker Petrolite SULFIX™ 9610 and SULFIX™ 9614 asphalt additives help reduce hazardous levels of hydrogen sulfide that can lead to safety and environmental issues.

Hydrogen sulfide, a toxic, colorless, highly flammable gas, is a common component of many petroleum products, including those used in asphalt for construction of roadways. Baker Petrolite's technology for the treatment of asphalt reduces exposure to hydrogen sulfide throughout the asphalt supply chain, from the refinery to the paving process.

"Working together with asphalt producers, Baker Hughes can help them stay on track with their health, safety and environmental programs," notes Jerry Basconi, vice president of Baker Petrolite. "SULFIX products for asphalt can help reduce levels of hydrogen sulfide, improving employee safety and environmental compliance."

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