ExxonMobil finds multiple uses for emulsion-treatment technology

After experiencing first-hand the benefits of a novel emulsion-breaking technology, ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Co. (EMRE) has signed a marketing agreement with the developer of the technology-Houston-based Imperial Petroleum Recovery Corp. (IPRC)-and is applying the process in varied operational settings, both downstream and upstream.The process uses electromagnetic radiation in the microwave range to separate stable, difficult-to-break emulsions into oil, water, and solids. ExxonMobil had tested the process on desalter undercarry at its Torrance, Calif., refinery. The application, called MST (Microwave Separation Technology), debottlenecked the desalter and enabled the refinery to...

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