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An innovative chemical, originally used to clean slop oil and storage tanks at refineries and storage terminals, has been adapted to control paraffin deposition in the producing industry. When introduced into a crude oil stream, it eliminates deposition of paraffin from the injection point forward in handling the crude. The product has been field tested in several multi-well fields.
This discussion of applications and case history results concludes that chemical treatment has successfully mitigated paraffin problems in areas where used, with significant savings for operators. A major attraction is that the product appears to provide a long-term solution. Besides pumping wells, treatments can also be applied to flowing, gas lift and plunger lift completions.
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