Clariant Refinery Services has opened a new state-of-the-art crude and fuel oil laboratory that will focus on applications for transport and storage. Based in Bradford, United Kingdom, this global center will address multiple challenges experienced by refineries, storage terminals, pipeline providers, and logistic companies all around the world.
Houston/USA — Clariant has opened a new lab equipped with a wide selection of testing regimes and modern methods of crude oil analysis and performance testing. The facility is tasked with finding and developing new, and customized, pour point depressant solutions for the downstream and midstream sector.
With the ability to replicate field conditions within the laboratory, the company can conduct full performance potential analyses of any crude oil product, in a real-life simulation, providing customers with reliable solutions, fully tailored to their specific needs.
Especially IMO 2020 is a challenge for the entire fuel industry, explains Kay Kutschbach, Head of Clariant’s Refinery Services Business. Customers would request products and service solutions that are developed to their exact requirements, With the new laboratory’s methodologies and capabilities, Clariant has already developed PPD products and fuel stabilizer solutions specific to the challenges presented by new International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 regulations, limiting marine fuels’ Sulphur to 0.5 % from the previous limit of 3.5 %.