Asphaltenes are a type of heavy hydrocarbon that can be found in crude oil and heavy oil. They are typically made up of large, complex molecules with a high molecular weight and a high degree of branching. Asphaltenes are not very soluble in most solvents, including light hydrocarbons such as gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel.
When crude oil is produced, asphaltenes can precipitate out of the oil and form solid particles. These particles can clog pipes and equipment, which can lead to reduced production and increased maintenance costs. Additionally, asphaltenes can cause corrosion and can also lower the value of the crude oil by making it more difficult to refine.
To mitigate the negative effects of asphaltenes, oil companies use various techniques such as chemical treatments, thermal methods, and water injection to keep them in solution and prevent them from precipitating
Zog Investments has partnered with a company that has developed a unique technology to detect Asphaltenes in oil in real time. This enables oil companies to treat Asphaltenes before they become critical which in turn increases production and reduces environmental impact.
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