Development of Chemicals to Boost Performance of Waxy Oil Pipeline

Addition of hot water to crude oils creates viscous emulsions. The objective of this project is to minimize pressure loss so maximize line oil carrying capacity to minimize hot water addition. Through the intensive investigation at SHEETA, we have identified and developed a customized chemical package to boost performance of waxy oil pipeline.


Figure 1: Example of moving a waxy crude oil from a remote location


Figure 2: Developed a unique torque viscometer.


Figure 3: Torque viscometer results consistent with flow loop data and field flow line performance


Figure 3: Torque viscometer results consistent with flow loop data and field flow line performance


Figure 5: An in-house computer simulator to collect and model the chemical formulation



Advantages of Our Technologies

  • Only need a small oil sample
  • MUCH faster and cheaper than doing flow loop studies!
  • Realistic mixture viscosities measured at flow line conditions