Measurement and Testing
Maximise Heavy Oil Blending Profits - Robert Bartek and Scott Fess
Jan 13 2011 Read 3025 Times
As the world’s sweet crude reserves decline and the demand for inexpensive feed stocks continues to grow, crude blends and the world’s Heavy Oil or Bitumen reserves are likely to play a key role in supplying global energy needs for the remainder of this century. Heavy Oil or Bitumen reserves are estimated to be 53% of the world’s total oil reserves. Bringing such a product to market has challenges of its own, as they are carbon rich and highly viscous. But as the price of virgin crude grows, the refining of heavy oil into synthetic crude, and the blending of crudes to meet specific market demands, will become increasingly attractive based on fundamental economic principals and foreseeable demand patterns.
One of the key properties of refined synthetic crude, as with regular crude, is the sulphur content, as it directly impacts the price of the crude. Therefore, precise sulphur measurements are critical when optimising refining or blending operations. By optimising the process with a precise in-line measurement of sulphur content, costs can be minimised and maximum profitability can be achieved. To address more rigorous refining (Heavy Oil) and blending requirements, a new 3rd generation X-ray Transmission (XRT) sulphur gauge has been introduced by Applied Rigaku Technologies: the Rigaku NEX XT. Rigaku, a global leader in X-ray analytical instrumentation, has engineered a process gauge that surpasses previous generation technology by providing reliable real-time in-line sulphur analysis, thus allowing blending operations to operate closer to the theoretical optimal levels.
Do you like or dislike what you have read? Why not post a comment to tell others / the manufacturer and our Editor what you think. To leave comments please complete the form below. Providing the content is approved, your comment will be on screen in less than 24 hours. Leaving comments on product information and articles can assist with future editorial and article content. Post questions, thoughts or simply whether you like the content.
In This Edition Fuel For Thought - Dr. Raj Shah presented with multifarious laurels - International partnership develops new real-time lubricant monitoring system - Ashtead Technology strik...
View all digital editions
Apr 22 2019 Erbil, Iraq
Apr 23 2019 Mozyr, Belarus
Apr 23 2019 Moscow, Russia
Apr 24 2019 Kielce, Poland
Apr 24 2019 Almaty, Kazakhstan