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The operators of a refinery, which had just begun processing low-sulfur Bakken shale, thought the low-sulfur content of the oil would allow the refinery to produce excellent low-sulfur jet fuel while bypassing a significant portion of the hydrotreating process. Unfortunately the resulting fuel was both wet and failed to meet the JFTOT test for stability. To mitigate the potential economic loss, the refiner asked Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) for help. After analyzing the jet fuel, BHGE recommended using EXALT™ filtration services to bring the fuel back on spec. The solution consisted of coalescing, salt drying, and clay filtration.

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Challenges & Results


  • Refinery processing lowsulfur Bakken shale oil
  • Out of specification jet fuel


  • Brought jet fuel into specification
  • Delivered cost-effective solution to turn unsellable fuel into profitable product