Gas in produced crudes can cause foaming under several different conditions. Foam reduces the overall capacity of treating equipment and can make the goal of achieving pipeline or saleable oil difficult to obtain. Our Antifoams will orient at the surface and break the film that stabilizes the foam which reduce the production losses and the cost of operation. PETROFANN could propose wide variety of antifoam for different application.
PETROFANN antifoam is particularly useful in controlling foam conditions caused by contamination from liquid hydrocarbons, particulates, or surfactants in general. Both refinery and natural gas processing facilities often encounter these types of contamination
Gas in produced crudes can cause foaming under several different conditions. For example:
- When crude oil is being pumped through a heat exchanger, it undergoes turbulence. The light ends vaporize sooner than the heavier fractions. In the attempt of these vapors to escape before they can overcome the natural viscosity of the heavier fractions, foaming can occur.
- Water in hydrocarbon under high pressure and temperature can cause severe foaming when released to atmospheric conditions as it tries to escape as a vapor.
Foam reduces the overall capacity of treating equipment and can make the goal of achieving pipeline or saleable oil difficult to obtain. Uncontrolled foam can lead to production tank overflow that translates to lost revenues and extra expenditures for cleanup operations. By maintaining control over foam, dehydration equipment will function more efficiently. Production losses are reduced and the volume of production transported to refineries is increased.
Antifoams are chemicals which, when added to a foaming system, will orient at the surface and break the film that stabilizes the foam. The use of chemical antifoams is the most popular method for foam control and has been used extensively globally. Total cost of operations and ROI are greatly improved by the proper selection of an antifoam program.