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New chlorides from crude solution

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Planet Resource Recovery, Inc. has announced that it has completed the development of a new product, so is now introducing a new chloride reducing solution for the oil and gas industry. This new product line provides an economical solution for the oil and gas producers around the globe that harvest high chloride count crude oil. For a cost of less than US$1/bbl, Planet Resource can increase the price of this oil by US$5 to US$15/bbl.

Planet Resource has been working with PEMEX (Petroleos Mexicanos) technical staff to develop a solution to reduce the high salt content in its Mayan crude stream. High salt content crude oil is penalised US$5 - US$15/bbl from the spot market price. This is due to the severe problems that arise in the refining process. The corrosive nature of salt fouls, deteriorates metals and plugs equipment contaminating the refining process.

Working with PEMEX to provide a chemical solution to enhance their desalting system, Planet Resource developed ChloroLuxus. This is a salt reducing solution that is an environmentally friendly blended compound designed to reduce chlorides in crude oil streams. ChloroLuxus breaks the interfacial tension in heavy crudes allowing the entrained chlorides in a crude oil to move out of the heavy crude oil stream via the entrained and suspended water, which is shed into a water phase. Additionally, ChloroLuxus has shown to increase API Gravity, reduce basic sediment and water (BS&W), reduce H2S and de-gas entrained gases.

PEMEX produces approximately 600 000 bpd of Mayan crude oil that is heavily laden with chlorides. PEMEX developed a mechanical system to reduce the high chloride content. Due to the maturing of the oilfield and increased saltwater intrusion, PEMEX is no longer able to achieve the target of 50 lbs per thousand bbls (PTB) or less using its system. With the use of ChloroLuxus, chloride levels of 12 and 13 PTB were achieved. This is a significant reduction to PEMEX's target of 50 PTB.

Enrique M. Salinas III, President and CEO, stated, "The development of ChloroLuxus is a milestone. This solution can be a significant benefit to oil producers that have been losing revenues due to the severe penalties on high chloride count crude oil and allow them to capture these lost revenues. High chloride count crude oil is a global problem and we look forward to working with operators to increase their revenues."

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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