Removing mercaptans from 750,000 barrels of crude oil at port

January 28, 2020

We at Q2 Technologies® know how hectic it can be when a crude shipment is found to be out of specs. This calls for adequate treatment and time is of essence, given that the expense of loading crude into a ship will be delayed until the cargo meets the requirements. Regardless of the time of day or the day of the week, vessels are always on the move and ports charge for the time a ship is using a berth.

On Saturday morning at 10:00 am we got a call from a customer. The customer requested 7 truckloads of Pro3® to be delivered during Saturday and Sunday. 750,000 barrels of crude oil were to be loaded to an Aframax vessel at a Gulf terminal. The oil had higher levels of mercaptans than anticipated. We were able to coordinate our manufacturing and logistics teams to ensure timely manufacture and delivery of our non-amine/non-glyoxal mercaptans scavenger for crude oil applications Pro3®. Our dedicated fleet of trucks allowed us to respond quickly and finish the project in 36 hours.

Oil tanker at port, it is very important to minimize the loading time of the vessel.

Our first two Pro3® deliveries were one on Saturday and the remaining 5 on Sunday. Upon delivery, Pro3® was directly injected into a shore tank and allowed to mix. In about 36 hours from first notice, the project was successfully completed as the ship started being loaded late on Sunday night.  At Q2 Technologies, we help our clients remove mercaptans and get more for their barrel. Our 24/7 response capacity allows for on demand treatments while avoiding costly demurrage’s. Pro3® is used to treat crude to remove mercaptans and H2S while maintaining the crude oil’s quality.

Mercaptans occur naturally in sour crude and its concentration varies as it commingles with crudes from different sources. When a ship comes to port, the crude owner needs to certify that the oil being delivered meets the specs defined in the sale agreement. The presence of H2S and/or mercaptans often lowers the value of the crude and shipments may be rejected if the sales specification on the crude oil sale contract is no met.  Contact us today to find out how we can help you too.

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