This technology separates water - oil emulsions into oil and water, under the influence of ultrasonic waves.
The process takes place directly in the pipeline, without the use of special separation tanks.
This new technology can cut consumption of demulsification agents by as much as 30% in comparison with traditional methodologies, as well as allowing Russian-made chemicals to be used instead of expensive imported alternatives.
Alexei Vashkevich, Director for Technological Development of Gazprom Neft said:
- Cutting-edge methodologies, based on achievements in basic science, are helping us cut operating costs and increase efficiency in oil production
- This is particularly important in developing mature fields, where projects’ financial viability is directly dependent on the right technologies
Testing conducted at a Slavneft-Megionneftegaz field has demonstrated the high cost-effectiveness of this new technology, and scope for its replication throughout other company assets.
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