Paraffin

paraffin precipitation from crude naturally occurs during production of oil from a well as it cools and decompresses.

This can lead to the accumulation of the precipitated paraffin within your well, or in the surface equipment and lines, which can lead to loss of production capacity, costly shutdowns or increased maintenance costs. It is notable that this is one of the most significant issues with oil and gas production worldwide. 

At Turbo-Chem we understand that each well is unique in its production as each reservoir, formation, and even the construction of the well can play a significant part in the product being produced. Because of this unique characteristic of the condensate produced, Turbo-Chem creates a specific Paraffin Program tailor fit to your wells needs. 

As part of our Paraffin program we offer, we test each well to determine not only the product effectiveness to optimize the effect of inhibition, but also to reduce maintenance cost, increase asset reliability and increase your flow assurance. We also discuss various options for treatment including continuous and batch style treatments, or both. This is then incorporated into the program designed to be not only functional for the client, but also cost effective. 

  • Paraffin: Waxes, or paraffins, are long chain (>C18) alkane hydrocarbons that exist naturally in crude oils. Reservoir temperatures allow paraffins to solubilize in crude oils. Crude oil temperatures fall as the oil rises to the surface. This reduction in temperature allows paraffins to become less soluble and form sticky, waxy solids. Solid paraffin formation is also exacerbated in separators when the light-end gas phases are removed from the crude oil making the oil less of a solvent for paraffins. Solid paraffins can accumulate on tubulars, surface equipment, vessels, valves and monitoring equipment. Increased accumulation leads to restricted lines and failed equipment and less efficient separators. 
  • Pour Point: Pour point is the temperature below which crude oil becomes plastic and will not flow. In cold weather conditions crude oil with a relatively high pour point can begin to cause issues with surface pump pressures and become even more restrictive after light ends are removed in the separation process. 

Turbo-Chem’s program will also include targeting any legacy paraffin that has previously precipitated during production and is now accumulated within your pipework, separators & storage tanks as a hard, ‘plaque like’ wax.  This legacy paraffin acts as a magnet and will attract paraffin to precipitate from your condensate. 

The Paraffin Program can also include ‘Smart Well’ technology, that can assist in reducing your chemical costs by utilizing enhanced pump controllers that offer a proportional flow mode called ProFlo. This mode will automatically adjust the injection rate based upon the volume of produced oil designated by the onsite PLC or Flowmeter. 

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