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Tracerco launch extended applications for Profiler instrument

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Tracerco has announced the launch of a new design its Profiler™ instrument. The proven technology, which has been used in separation processing applications for nearly 15 years, is now available for high temperature processing applications including refinery desalting and oilsands steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) process plants.

Unlike existing point measurement products, Tracerco claim that this instrument is a true ‘window’ into the whole vessel enabling the operator to not only improve production throughput, but also to manage chemical usage and reduce downtime.

Kim Thye Lee, Business Director at Tracerco said: “Nowadays, within many refineries, there is a growing tendency to process heavier crude or blend these with lighter feedstocks. This can create a number of process control challenges in the desalter vessel. Tracerco’s Profiler technology has been extended to now operate at higher temperatures and provides effective solution to this problem”.

“By using the Profiler™, which can operate at up to 194 °C, it enables customers to increase crude throughput while providing detailed and accurate results, reducing the costs associated with chemical dosing and wastewater treatment”, Kim Thye Lee added.

Tracerco customers who use the Profiler™ in their desalter applications have already reported increases to outputs of up to 20 000 bpd. This is possible due to the detailed data allowing plant operators to increase the emulsion band level up to 82%, allowing increased volumetric throughput to the desalter.

Running the emulsion at such a high level is made possible due to the detailed profiling provided by the instrument with an accuracy of +/-1% of the measurement range.

Key benefits of the Tracerco Profiler™ are as follows:

  • Increased crude throughput.
  • Ability to enhance feedstock blend without the need to recalibrate equipment.
  • Eliminate interface excursion upsets and reduce demand on electrostatic grid power by monitoring and controlling the rag layer.
  • Reducing demand on wastewater plant and treatment.
  • High stability and accuracy across a wide range of process conditions.
  • Zero radiation dose rate external to the vessel.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.

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