Xylene-based inhibitor solves crude oil wax problems in Niger Delta pipeline

03/14/2005
Xylene-based inhibitor solves crude oil wax problems in Niger Delta pipelineExperiments in both laboratory and field flow systems in Nigeria have tested the effectiveness of a xylene-based inhibitor for solving wax-deposition problems in pipelines. The formulation has a good wax-deposition inhibiting, pour-point depressing, and viscosity-reducing effect for the tested crude oils.The field results presented here reveal its economic benefit for waxy crude oil pipeline flow and wax deposition problems throughout the Niger Delta.Waxy crudesCrude oils from Niger Delta formations move in long-distance pipelines in which solid wax particles may precipitate and deposit. This is a problem in any o...
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