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 System and Method for the Mitigation of Paraffin Wax Deposition from Crude Oil by Using Ultrasonic Waves


Description of Technology:

This technology is a method for mitigating the deposition of wax on production tubing walls. The method comprises positioning at least one ultrasonic frequency generating device adjacent the production tubing walls and producing at least one ultrasonic frequency thereby disintegrating the wax and inhibiting the wax from attaching to the production tubing walls. Three frequencies have been identified as optimal frequencies of operation.

Applications:

This system and method can be used by oil producers to remove paraffin wax deposits from production tubing and surface flow equipment.

Features and Benefits:

Paraffin wax depositions lead to a significant fall in the oil production rates from affected wells. This technology utilizes ultrasonic waves. The effect is a great reduction in wax deposition so that it is more manageable and removal is required less frequently. This method will help prevent production delays or shutdowns.

For More Information Please Contact:

Davona Douglass, J.D.
Director
(307) 766-2509
dkdoug@uwyo.edu

 


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