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  • Our desalter optimization services don’t just focus on your desalter. We consider and treat all components that affect the desalter feed quality to improve crude unit operations. Stabilizing the crude unit has a ripple effect to downstream process units and the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). This improves asset reliability and ensures environmental compliance.

    Minimize cost with crude pretreatment

    A successful pretreatment program improves and stabilizes crude feed quality, effectively curtailing demulsifier injection at the desalter. The typical response to desalter upsets is to increase demulsifier pump rates, but that is inefficient and costly in terms of chemical, since actual demulsifier usage during upset conditions far outpaces target dosages. By stabilizing the feed and preventing upsets, chemical demand is steady and predictable, and overall program costs are lower.

    Reduce fouling and corrosion

    Our emulsion-breaking chemical programs allow you to economically process any feedstock, particularly opportunity crudes. Optimum solids, salts, and contaminants removal in the desalter reduces downstream fouling and controls corrosion better in overheads.

    Banish problems with slop oil treatment

    Slop oil can contain high levels of stable emulsions and solids that cause desalter problems. Our solutions allow you to reprocess slop oils with minimal impact on desalter performance, and crude unit and WWTP operations.

    Optimize water quality with wastewater treatment

    Poor desalter effluent water quality can limit crude oil selection and even reduce charge rates if the wastewater plant is unable to handle excessive loading. A solids wetting agent with a well-managed mud-washing program at the desalter can reduce solids buildup in the interface and oil undercarry. The use of polymers in the desalter wash water can result in even better brine quality and a quicker recovery from a desalter upset.

    Maintaining excellent desalter effluent water quality has other benefits, too. Lower hydrocarbon loading reduces slop oil production and improves WWTP operations. Let us optimize your refinery to handle higher oil and solids levels in the feed to the wastewater plant.

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