QS Energy, Inc., a developer of integrated technology solutions for the energy industry, announced its applied oil technology (AOT) system will be benchmarked on a variety of super-light and ultra-light crude oil due to its ongoing positive evaluation on a major crude and condensate pipeline serving the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. In making the announcement, Greggory M. Bigger, QS Energy Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, stated: "In collaboration with our partner, we've mapped out the path forward to most effectively meet their objectives, which include laboratory testing of additional crude oil products followed by hydraulic analysis based on those results to determine the appropriate friction and viscosity reduction goals for our AOT system."
Designed to be installed adjacent to pipeline pumping stations, AOT subjects crude oil to a high-voltage/low-amperage electrical field to reduce its viscosity, which permits it to flow in higher volume. By integrating the AOT power supply with the hardware that controls and monitors a pipeline, typically situated in a remotely located control room, AOT will provide pipeline operators with the ability to monitor and react to real time data to gain the best possible operational efficiencies.
"Upon delivery of our detailed use case study and cost-benefit projections, we anticipate integrating the AOT power supply with the pipeline's SCADA system to provide remote operation of the AOT unit and automate its operation according to changes in the product transported," Bigger added. "QS Energy has also been asked to develop an installation-specific operational and systems handbook to gain maximum performance from the continuous AOT on a batch condensate system."
Initially installed on the condensate line last year, the customised AOT unit has undergone a rigorous value engineering process to achieve flowrates at levels predicted in earlier laboratory testing of samples of the ultra-light crude carried by the pipeline. Further viscosity reduction assessments of additional condensate samples are scheduled to be conducted at Temple University's Department of Physics, with hydraulic analysis of the additional data to be performed by QS Energy engineers.
"We're delighted that the recent performance review of AOT has resulted in an opportunity for us to demonstrate its friction reduction capabilities in a batched, multi-grade environment," Bigger added. "The industry's drive toward greater efficiencies and carbon neutrality demand technologies capable of reducing emissions related to the production and transport of crude oil while improving the economics of doing business in a lower spot price market. We believe AOT can play an important role in supporting our customers' commitment to producing energy more cost-efficiently and in an environmentally responsible manner."
Edited from source by Stephanie Roker
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