Water produced during the extraction of crude oil often contains valuable quantities of oil dispersed within it that need to be removed before the water can be disposed of or re-used. These emulsions are a natural result of the mixing of oil and water with emulsion stabilizing surfactants which can be inherent or the result of chemical additives like corrosion inhibitors. These surfactants collect at the oil/water interface and prevent oil droplets from coalescing. ORIN’s chemical process can be used to improve the efficiency of oil/water separation equipment and reduce the total cost of operation. The AOTech process destroys surfactants that hold the oil droplets in the water. This allows the oil droplets to agglomerate and separate more quickly allowing for a more efficient separation.
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