Opportunity Crude Processing

Increase refinery profitability and feedstock flexibility

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.

Shale oil is becoming a favorite crude feed for refiners because it is cost effective and readily available. Baker Hughes customized chemical, service, and technology solutions solve the specific problems caused by shale oil during blending and processing. We provide expert analysis and chemical solutions that help you improve operating margins at each step of the refining supply chain process.

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.

Baker Hughes JETTISON™ solids release agents transport oil-free solids from the desalter to the brine effluent, allowing the refiner to process higher rates of opportunity/challenged crudes while reducing the impact of solids and contaminants on refining processing equipment.

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 Field ASIT Services™ technology measures asphaltene stability to predict the impact of crude oil characteristics on crude storage compatibility, crude blends fouling potential, and desalter emulsion stabilization.

Baker Hughes LIFESPAN™ exchanger fouling control programs use a practical, systematic approach to maximize the life of your exchangers.

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. 

JETTISON Solids Release Technology

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