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Why Asphaltene & Wax detection is so important

Asphaltene and wax detection in oil production holds immense significance due to its crucial role in ensuring the efficiency, productivity, and longevity of the extraction process. By monitoring and managing asphaltene and wax deposition, oil producers can maintain consistent production rates, extend equipment lifespan, and reduce operating and maintenance costs, thereby maximising the overall efficiency and profitability of the oil production process.

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Formation damage

Asphaltenes and waxes can precipitate and deposit within reservoir formations. This can lead to reduced permeability, decreased oil production rates, and increased pressure differentials. Early detection of asphaltenes, for example, during drilling, helps in managing and mitigating formation damage.

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Flow assurance

Asphaltenes and wax can cause flow-related issues in oil production, transportation, and refining processes. When asphaltenes precipitate and agglomerate, they can form solid-like deposits, called "asphaltene sludge” that can block pipelines, restrict flow, and increase operational costs. Detecting asphaltenes helps in predicting and preventing flow assurance problems.

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Reservoir characterisation

Asphaltenes can provide valuable information about the reservoir’s geological deposition. Analysing asphaltenes extracted from reservoir fluids can help geologists assess reservoir quality, and reservoir engineers optimise production strategies.

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Refining processes

Asphaltenes pose challenges during the refining of crude oil. They can contribute to the formation of coke, which can foul refinery equipment and reduce the efficiency of refining processes. Detecting and monitoring asphaltenes in crude oil allows refineries to adjust their processing conditions and optimise operations.

Peregrine X’s techniques can be employed to detect and quantify asphaltenes in near real time. These techniques help in understanding the behaviour of asphaltenes and developing strategies to manage their impact on oil production, transportation, and refining processes.

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