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Webinar: Using disk stack centrifuges to overcome challenges of (heavy) crude oil processing

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The global decline of conventional (light) crude oil production means an increase of the role of non-conventional (heavy) crude oil reserves. Processing these heavy crudes presents a series of challenges, including increased water cuts and decreased API grades. Centrifuges can be used to overcome these process issues and also be used to convert off-spec crude into a full value product.

This educational session from GEA has been developed for design engineers, facility operators and managers at crude oil production sites (upstream/downstream), where centrifugal separation should be evaluated for its technical efficiencies and economy. By the end of the webinar, the viewer will understand how it is possible to benefit from this technology.

The webinar will cover the following:

  • Overview of centrifuge types and applications.
  • Design criteria and limitations.
  • The three crude oil challenges.
  • Why centrifuges can address these challenges.
  • Design considerations.


Henry Koester, Dipl. Ing.

Henry is currently product manager for oil & gas separation technologies at GEA, based in Oelde, Germany. He has been with the company for 30 years and began his career in project engineering for the marine business. For the past 13 years, his focus has been on engineering systems for crude oil, slop oil and production waste streams. A graduate of the University of Bremerhaven, Henry holds a degree in marine engineering.

To register for the free live programme, click here.


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