Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP190101335 [ 2019 - 2023 ]

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Researchers Prof Michael Johns

Brief description This project aims to use a solution of natural oil resin extract in carbon dioxide to break problematic water-in-crude oil emulsions with no secondary environmental consequences. Extracted crude oil contains water, which can result in problematic water-in-crude oil emulsions. These can be difficult to break into separate water and oil phases with potentially severe economic and environmental consequences. In Australia, such oilfield emulsion problems are frequently encountered in both the Bass Strait and across the Carnarvon Basin. The treatment option proposed will target both asphaltene and silt stabilised water-in-oil emulsions and will be readily deployable.

Funding Amount $395,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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