HEAVY OIL SCIENCE

The ENERCAT’s Stabilization of Heavy Oil Viscosity

The general operating principle of The ENERCAT utilizes physics to drive chemistry. In the case of heavy oil, The ENERCAT stabilizes asphaltene molecular dispersion in the bulk crude oil fluid while increasing paraffin solubility, thereby maintaining the viscosity of the oil in the reservoir as temperature and pressure decrease upwell  (see figure below).

The Science Hypothesis

The science behind The ENERCAT’s ability to maintain viscosity of the oil in the reservoir as temperature and pressure decrease upwell is by the transmission of acoustic waves via lattice oscillations (vibrations) of The ENERCAT’s solid alloy composite material to the crude oil. The energy of the oscillations is enhanced by reservoir heat and pressure. The normal-mode oscillations and transmitted waves of The ENERCAT are ‘tuned’ to be in resonance with the low-frequency molecular oscillations of crude oil bulk fluids.

This increases the amplitude of the oscillations of the bulk crude oil fluid at preferred frequencies providing the energy necessary to increase the stability of asphaltene molecular dispersions enough to withstand the uphole decreases in temperature and pressure. Installation of The ENERCAT downhole, below levels of initial asphaltene flocculation and increased viscosity, yields oil samples with that maintains the viscosity characteristics of the oil as it exists in the reservoir causing an increase in efficiency, production and hydrostatic pressure and a drop in RPM’s and hydraulic pressure.

Asphaltene at Various Scales

HEAVY OIL CASE HISTORY

This animation is based on a case history of a pumping well with a serious heavy oil problem.

This heavy oil problem was solved by installing The ENERCAT.

Full Case History Here

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ECONOMICS

 

 

 

The ENERCAT is unusual, because it contributes to increased revenue and decreased cost. Even more unusual is the measurable benefit for the environment with The ENERCAT.

As oil prices decline and profit margins tighten, these inverted relationships become more and more critical as summarized in the Value propositional list below.

Decreased Cost

  • Reduced downhole chemical costs
  • Reduced hot oiling/knife cutting costs
  • Reduced downhole heater costs
  • Reduced flow line cleaning costs
  • Reduced surface facilities maintenance cost
  • Increased availability of field personnel
  • Delayed abandonment costs

Increased Revenue

  • Increased booked reserves
  • Increased field life
  • Increased well life
  • Delayed abandonment
  • Increased field and well EUR
  • Increased enhanced recovery tax credit
  • Increased recovery factor
  • Reduced operating costs
  • Reduced workovers
  • Reduced rig costs
  • Extended pump life
  • Extend sucker rod life
  • Reduced refurbishment
  • Reduced replacement costs
  • Stabilized production
  • Increased average production
  • Decreased viscosity
  • Decreased pour point
  • Reduced workover downtime
  • Reduced refinery’s need to extract chemicals from oil and water

Increased Environmental Responsibility

  • Reduced Chemical use
  • Increased Field life
  • Reduced Environmental disturbance
  • Reduced vehicle transport and use
  • Increased Environmental reputation
  • Increased Environmental proactive compliance

ENVIRONMENTAL

 

 

In the last decade, environmental issues have become a serious public relations and economic challenge for the oil and gas industry.

The ENERCAT meets these challenges by reducing the use of chemicals and hot oil during production.  The ENERCAT achieves this by reducing or preventing the down-hole deposition of paraffin, asphaltene, and scale.

The ENERCAT is a proactive approach with significant public relation benefits.

The ENERCAT produces a measurable benefit for the environment by eliminating potential down-hole chemical cross contamination.