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Chloride Measurement in Petroleum Samples and the Latest Combustion Analysis Technology to be Featured at Gulf Coast Conference

Jan 08 2018 Read 746 Times

Horiba Scientific Instruments SLFA Division will be attending the Gulf Coast Conference 2018 to be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston TX on the 17th and 18th of January 2018. HORIBA will be showcasing their Sulphur, Nitrogen and Chlorine Analysers for the petroleum industry on booth #602.

On the first day of the show, Dr. Michael Pohl, Vice President of Sales in Marketing of the Scientific Division, will present, “The Importance of Chloride Measurement in Petroleum Samples.” This is an in-depth synopsis of the analysis of total chloride in petroleum feedstocks, intermediates and final products. It will be on January 17th at 9:00am in room 372 D of the George R. Brown Convention Center.

An excerpt from the talk states that, “Chloride is a ubiquitous element in Earth's environment and plays a very large role in the petroleum industry. In many environments it plays a beneficial role, but in this industry it often has very detrimental effects. From corrosion of metal components at a refinery to catalyst poisoning at a chemical plant, it has the potential to cost chemical processors huge sums of money. The problems are magnified because many processes are continuous and so even low concentrations can have a cumulative effect over time.”

Chloride levels are typically low and do not damage the environment at a very rapid rate, but at typical PPM levels, they are difficult to remove and challenging to quantitate. As with many petroleum related challenges, a number of ASTM Methods have been written to address the acceptable levels of chloride and how the levels can be determined. The specifications, as well as the appropriate analytical methods, will be reviewed and discussed. They will also be applied to very specific petroleum samples.”

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