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1. (WO2018005443) CRUDE QUALITY ENHANCEMENT BY SIMULTANEOUS CRUDE STABILIZATION, SWEETENING, AND DESALTING VIA MICROWAVE ASSISTED HEATING

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/005443    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/039429
Publication Date: Fri Jan 05 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Wed Jun 28 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: C10G 31/08
C10G 31/06
C10G 32/02
C10G 33/00
Applicants: SAUDI ARABIAN OIL COMPANY
ARAMCO SERVICES COMPANY
Inventors: KHAN, M., Rashid
AMMINUDIN, Kamarul, A.
Title: CRUDE QUALITY ENHANCEMENT BY SIMULTANEOUS CRUDE STABILIZATION, SWEETENING, AND DESALTING VIA MICROWAVE ASSISTED HEATING
Abstract:
Embodiments of the disclosure include processes using microwave heating to promote the separation of components of crude oil. In some embodiments, microwave-heated water may be used to heat the interphase between the gas phase and the oil phase of a crude oil stream to promote the separation of sulfur (for example, H2S) and light end components of the crude oil stream. In some embodiments, microwave-heated water may be used to heat the interphase between the oil phase and the water phase of a crude oil stream to promote the separation of water, salt, or both of the crude oil stream. Systems having a microwave unit to provide microwave-heated water to crude oil stream are also provided.