- We could improve throughput capabilities. In some cases our chemistry reduces the viscosity of waste streams allowing decanters to process at higher rates of throughput. This, of course, drives efficiency.
- We should increase the volume of oil recovered. Since the chemistry helps to break emulsions and to release more oil from solid surfaces we should enable customers to produce more oil - therefore enabling them to generate more revenues.
- At the same time the quality of the oil (and therefore the value of the oil recovered) should be higher with lower BS&W content providing increased revenues.
- We should be able to recover a cleaner and drier solids fraction. It may not look it but retort analysis may show that less water is trapped in the solids providing reduced disposal volumes & costs.
- We should be producing a clean water fraction that will extend the life of the injector wells reducing plugging risks etc.
Once we know the chemistry works the only way to move forward is to run extended and repeated field tests in order to determine optimal chemical dosing and mixing. Accurate prediction of required dose levels cannot be made from running lab tests. The ONLY way to get this level of detail is to run extended and repeated field batch tests in order to generate this data and allow for inter batch variability. Many aspects change from lab testing and field work. Field work is also required to see just how low a chemical dose we can get away with. Clearly the lower the chemical dose rate the more profitable it will be for our customers.