Crude diet flexibility is one of the primary means of improving a refinery's profitability. The ability to process crudes—from light shale oil to heavy Canadian crudes—opens up a window of opportunity for refiners. However, with increased opportunities comes an array of challenges and risks.
Baker Hughes can help you overcome these concerns with our comprehensive Crude Oil Management™ approach, which includes a suite of tools and technologies that provide the best feedstock preparation and desalting performance possible to maximize your profitability and minimize your risk.
We take a holistic approach to your desalting operations, identifying all potential risks during transportation, storage, and processing. Poor desalting efficiency, uncontrollable emulsions, and other desalting challenges are common when processing lower-priced opportunity crude oils. Proactively gaining insight into the processing challenges of crude blends allows you to confidently increase your feedstock flexibility without compromising reliability.
Contact one of our representatives to learn how our Crude Oil Management approach can help you actually realize the "opportunity" from opportunity crudes.
Profiting from Western Canada Opportunity Crudes
Higher volumes of heavy conventional and bitumen-based crudes are set to emerge from the Western Canada sedimentary basin (WCSB) underlying Alberta and Saskatchewan, as oil companies...DOWNLOAD PDF (1.2 MB)
Overcoming Shale Oil Processing Challenges
While shale oil composition varies from basin to basin throughout the United States, some of its common characteristics can lead to significant disruptions across the refining supply chain...DOWNLOAD PDF (6.5 MB)
Baker Hughes Crude Oil Management Approach
Crude diet flexibility is one of the primary means of improving a refinery's profitability. The ability to process discounted crudes...DOWNLOAD PDF (467 KB)
HYDROCARBON ENGINEERING: A Flexible Diet
Ralph Navarrete and George Duggan, Baker Hughes Inc., USA, explain how desalter pH management can help to increase crude diet flexibility...DOWNLOAD PDF (755 KB)
Hydrocarbon Processing: Expand crude diet flexibility through comprehensive oil management
One of the primary means for refiners to boost profitability is to improve crude diet flexibility...DOWNLOAD PDF (1.2 MB)