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The Need For A Paraffin Solvent In The Oil Industry

By Christopher Miller

Obtaining crude oil can be quite a task. Professionals always make sure to have the necessary equipment that can cut their work load in half. It is not possible to obtain completely pure oil. There are often contaminants and other substances that must be removed to get what is needed. Paraffin wax is one of the substances formed during this process. One of the solutions used to get rid of this is the use of a paraffin solvent.

Wax from the paraffin is the main reason pipes get clogged. The wax is in solid form and when it form around the pipes, it will be difficult for oil flow. This solid substance not only fills the pipes but also most of the well where the oil is to be obtained. This problem should not be ignored otherwise it will be totally impossible to get oil out of the well.

The formation of wax is not an emerging issue. There are different defense mechanisms that can be used when the layers form. Often workers work with what is close by. Tough rods and other metallic items can be used to scrape off the substance. This method helps to some extent but it is too tedious for those who are carrying it out.

The pipes are often filled with a different combination of material. The right solvent should be able to remove more than just the paraffin deposits. Some solvents available for this job contain toxic chemicals. These tend to be toxic to humans and in some cases can damage the equipment. The solutions selected should not pose any risks to humans or the environment.

Heat is a common method that is incorporated during the treatment method. It is often more efficient however, it comes with a cost. A lot of energy is put to use and this means that the expenses will be quite high. Those who are not ready to deal with expenses that are too much for them, can work with methods that do not necessarily need heat.

The main aim of using solvents is so that they can dissolve the items and make them attain a liquid form. This aqueous should maintain this state till the whole substance is eliminated. When it reverts back to its original state, the solvent used is not yet efficient. There are solvents whose gravity enable them to sink in water hence attach themselves to where the contaminants exist so that they may be worked on.

A solution considered to be more efficient is a mixture of kerosene and acetone. Neither of them can do a great job when placed to work individually. The wax will be dissolved rapidly when this method is applied. It is then able to remain in liquid state which makes its removal way easier than when it is in a solid state.

The only sure way to find out what works and what cannot be of help is by carrying out different trails. Information obtained from these can be passed on to other people. Experiments proved that acetone causes the clogging to become gummy hence worsening the already bad situation. Kerosene barely has an effect on the issue at hand.

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