For companies working with crude oil and trying to transport it, make it ready for market and turn a profit, mixing is everything. Here are a few reasons why you need to focus on your mixing process to maximize your profits.
When crude oil is transported via pipeline, it is essential that the water be uniformly dispersed across the pipe. Crude oil always contains a certain amount of water, and if not mixed properly, water will drop to the bottom of the pipe and escape from the oil.Sometimes crude oil can be viscous, which can create more of a transportation problem as the crude will create slurries in the pipeline. While some methods exist to dilute the crude or heat it, those remedies aren’t always practical and can be expensive. Mixing the oil with a surfactant can also help.
Before oil is transferred to the refinery, it must be sampled in order to determine its water content. Here again, in the absence of good mixing the sample could be inconsistent with what is actually in the pipeline. However, even with good water dispersion, after sampling the water must settle easily in downstream storage tanks. It is a finely tuned process.
The perfect solution would be to install the mixing system just upstream from the sampler. The type and design of your mixer will depend on the length of the pipe, the sections that will be upstream or downstream as well as the pressure drop. The best mixer for these kinds of requirements is a static mixer. Komax offers a high quality static mixer that can be customized to your pipeline requirements, providing uniform consistency with sampling during the custody transfer process and ensuring a quality product every time! Our static mixers also eliminate or reduce slurry buildup and therefore save on tank cleaning and downtime.
When mixing is everything to your bottom line, Komax can help you maximize your results.