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Baker Hughes announces the next generation of fluids separation technologies

19th January 2017

Baker Hughes has released its Tretolite Snap fluids separation technologies, designed to help oil and gas operators maintain dry oil and good water quality

Baker Hughes has released its Tretolite Snap fluids separation technologies
Baker Hughes has released its Tretolite Snap fluids separation technologies

Baker Hughes has released its Tretolite Snap fluids separation technologies, designed to help oil and gas operators maintain dry oil and good water quality, while also stabilising operations and reducing costs, without limiting production, to improve overall profitability. This next generation of chemical solutions includes water clarification and demulsification technologies that deliver improved performance in multiple production applications, including steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) facilities, as well as conventional and other unconventional onshore and offshore fields.

For SAGD producers, fluids separation is vital to the success of their operations because the recovered water must be clean enough to reuse in the thermal recovery process. The water is used to generate steam for injection into the well to heat the extremely heavy oil. These operators often are forced to compromise profitability to get in-spec oil and good quality water. Tretolite Snap technologies help minimise oil-in-water (OIW) levels to improve water quality for reuse, reducing heat exchanger fouling and related equipment cleanout expenses. The new products also help lower basic sediment and water (BS&W) content in the oil to decrease recycling and slop oil trucking, which translates into additional operational efficiencies and cost savings. It enables SAGD producers to increase profitability by getting a more controlled oil/water interface that improves production volumes and throughput capacity.

Operators also experience oil and water separation challenges in other unconventional and conventional onshore and offshore applications where they are required to meet regulatory specifications for both in-spec oil and water disposal/discharge. The technology helps to more efficiently lower OIW and BS&W levels to ensure regulatory compliance and to minimise oil losses due to high OIW content. Operators may also attain a tighter oil/water interface with these new products, which helps reduce slop oil production and improve overall oil and water separation.