Optimizing Desalter Performance

Posted by Margaret Bletsch

Mar 11, 2019 4:44:31 PM

Optimizing Desalter Performance is Just One of Tracerco's Specialties We Proudly Provide.

Desalter vessels are a refinery’s first line of defense to reduce the amount of unwanted salts present in the feed inventory. Prior to crude oil entering a refinery processing stream it undergoes a water washing stage where the water used during this process is separated using Desalter vessels. In these vessels the oil and water mixture separate from each other using gravity and high voltage coalescing plates. The water phase contains the washed salts as well as other suspended solids. Desalting and separation prevents water and salts from entering the crude unit furnaces, distillation towers and other downstream equipment. Salts, sediment, and other solids will foul the process and can undergo chemical change to produce corrosive chemicals that cause damage to process metallurgy. It is therefore important to efficiently separate wastewater from crude feedstock within the Desalter vessels.

Tracerco Tru-Scan™ technology provides you detailed data on where the oil/water interface level is, determines if there is a significant “rag” or emulsion layer or detects how many solids are built up in the bottom of the Desalter. In addition to performing these applications our advanced tracer studies are used to provide residence times of the oil and water phases and distribution within the vessel. Further to our scanning and tracer technologies that can aid plant personnel in optimizing your process, our award winning Tracerco Profiler™ HTX instrument provides accurate phase measurement including oil, emulsion (rag), water and solids/sludge in real time. The installation of the Tracerco Profiler™ HTX can eliminate unplanned Desalter shutdowns, reduce chemical usage, increase fluid throughput and provide the capability to handle more challenging crude blends.

Read more to learn how Tracerco helped our customer determine what was actually happening within their Desalter.

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Topics: desalting, Flow distribution, desalter optimization, desalter, desalter maldistribution, distribution study

Four Reasons the Unique and Brilliant Tracerco Profiler is the Engineers' Choice [Infographic]

Posted by Tracerco

Oct 22, 2014 5:22:00 PM


PROFILERTM HAS BEEN SHORTLISTED IN THE ENGINEERS' CHOICE AWARDS 2015:

The ProfilerTM has been chosen as a finalist in the prestigious Control Engineering 2015 Engineers’ Choice Awards program in the Sensors category.

This award is decided by votes, so to help you decide that the ProfilerTM is unique and special enough to win this award we've listed out the top four reasons it deserves recognition together with an infographic on the savings it delivers to customers.
You can learn more about the benefits it brings in our previous blog post outlining how you can increase crude throughput in high temperature processing.
Voting closes on 31 December 2014 so if you agree the Tracerco  ProfilerTM is as brilliant as we think it is please cast your vote.
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Topics: Tracerco innovations, Awards, Downstream, nucleonic instrumentation, optimising plant processing, High temperature plant processing, desalting, SAGD

Increase crude throughput in high temperature processing [Slideshare]

Posted by Tracerco

Sep 10, 2014 3:01:00 PM

Request a lunch and learn or consultation - Instruments The last year has seen the release of the long awaited new version of our award-winning ProfilerTM technology. This version was specifically designed for high temperature processing applications such as desalting and Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD).

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Topics: Downstream, nucleonic instrumentation, optimising plant processing, High temperature plant processing, Heavy oil, refining, desalting, SAGD

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