Clariant Oil Services launches breakthrough WAXTREAT™ SubZero Pour Point Depressant technology for cold climate regions at SPE ATCE 2019
- The high-performance, winterized Pour Point Depressant, with innovative customization capabilities, is helping oil production customers’ improve operational efficiency
- WAXTREAT SubZero nominated as “Best Oilfield Fluids and Chemicals Award” finalist at the 2019 World Oil Awards
- Clariant Oil Services to present scientific paper on the treatment of challenging waxy crudes in cold regions at SPE ATCE event in Calgary, Canada
Houston, TX, September 17, 2019 – Thousands of Oil & Gas professionals will gather at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition in Canada from September 30 till October 2, where Clariant Oil Services will unveil its new WAXTREAT SubZero Pour Point Depressant (PPD) technology. This novel innovation will help oil production companies, especially operating in cold climate regions, overcome the challenges associated with the transportation of waxy crude oils and the mitigation of wax deposition.
WAXTREAT SubZero is a winterized PPD with innovative customization capabilities, enhancing performance, while mitigating paraffin build-up, in crude oil pipeline systems, at the same time reducing OPEX requirements associated with pipeline cleaning. This product has recently been selected as a finalist in the “Best Oilfields Fluids and Chemicals” category at the 2019 World Oil Awards.
Anton Kaiser, Head of Strategic Innovation, Clariant Oil & Mining Services, will present a paper on the new technology at SPE ATCE, entitled ‘Customizable Synergistic Polymer Micro-Dispersions for Treating Challenging Waxy Crudes in Cold Regions’. “We developed a series of higher active winterized polymer micro-dispersions to overcome issues commonly found in cold climates,” he comments. “Inhibitors and dispersants are viable solutions to minimizing organic precipitations and fouling in pipelines and storage tanks. Unfortunately, those PPDs are part of the challenge that customers are currently facing, due to their high product pour points. There is a real product offering gap in the market.”
Both laboratory and field data demonstrated that the micro-dispersed polymers in WAXTREAT SubZero can perform at significantly lower dose rates when compared to the alternative, winterized polymers in solution, to help contribute to an easier flow of oil.
The product remains stable and pumpable in cold storage, eliminating the need for heated tanks and lines while reducing operation and capital expenditures.
“Customers here in Canada, and in regions such as Russia and other colder oil producing basins like the Rockies, face oil production and transportation challenges every winter”, said Al Ferguson, Clariant’s Regional Business Lead for Canada. “This breakthrough PPD is available to them now and can greatly reduce those challenges, improving flow assurance, reducing unplanned operational downtime and maintenance costs.”
Some field trials are ongoing, in Canada, with very positive initial results, demonstrating early success in lab-to-field deployment. Join Anton Kaiser during the SPE ATCE Flow Assurance Challenges and Remediation technical session on Tuesday October 1st, from 08:30-11:55am, where he will outline the research methodologies and lab and field trials undertaken to develop WAXTREAT SubZero. Clariant’s presentation is from 09:45-10:10AM, and visit Clariant’s booth: 2153.
For more information on Clariant’s WAXTREAT SubZero please visit www.clariant.com/waxtreatsubzero.
This information corresponds to the present state of our knowledge and is intended as a general description of our products and their possible applications. Clariant makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the information’s accuracy, adequacy, sufficiency or freedom from defect and assumes no liability in connection with any use of this information. Any user of this product is responsible for determining the suitability of Clariant’s products for its particular application.<br /> <br /> * Nothing included in this information waives any of Clariant’s General Terms and Conditions of Sale, which control unless it agrees otherwise in writing. Any existing intellectual/industrial property rights must be observed. Due to possible changes in our products and applicable national and international regulations and laws, the status of our products could change. Material Safety Data Sheets providing safety precautions, that should be observed when handling or storing Clariant products, are available upon request and are provided in compliance with applicable law. You should obtain and review the applicable Material Safety Data Sheet information before handling any of these products. For additional information, please contact Clariant.<br /> <br /> * For sales to customers located within the United States and Canada the following applies in addition: No express or implied warranty is made of the merchantability, suitability, fitness for a particular purpose or otherwise of any product or service.<br /> <br /> © Trademark of Clariant registered in many countries.<br /> ® 2019 Clariant International Ltd