Emulsions are stabilized when a surfactant is added to a two-phase system due to the slowdown of emulsion breaking
such as coalescences .
Input of excessive fat content brings an emulsion breaking
, due to lack of protein content surrounding fat globules in emulsion formation.
These particles increase the efficiency of emulsion breaking
process up to more than 90%.
HKN holds a 52.09% stake in BriteWater, which owns the patented oilfield emulsion breaking
OHSOL technology that can be used to purify oilfield emulsions by breaking and separating the emulsions into oil, water and solids.
EVER since 2005, when the MEPC 60(33) regulation was replaced by MEPC 107(49), the older gravity-type Oily Water Separators (OWS) often had to be replaced by a centrifugal-type or an emulsion breaking
cleaning system or, alternatively, the shipowner chose to compliment the existing OWS with additional filters.
Despite the importance of preventing the rag layer formation and emulsion breaking
, the mechanism and agents involved in emulsion stabilization are not fully understood yet.
Another parameter to take into account in the multiple emulsion breaking
is the agitation speed.
Technologies and services provided include: emulsion breaking
, dewatering and oil recoverytwo and three phase horizontal decanters; shakers and hydrocyclones; membrane filtration; oil polishing using three phase vertical stacked disc centrifuges; fuel blending and energy recovery in cement kilns; coker recycling of recovered oily solids; tank cleaning utilizing the most current robotic technology; catalyst reclamation; and specialty separation and recovery processes including desalter blowdown treatment.
Subjects covered include basic principles, stability, characterization, rheology, flow in porous media, enhanced oil recovery, pipeline transportation of heavy oils, and emulsion breaking