During transportation, storage, and wholesale of oil or refined petroleum products, it’s essential to determine the properties of products before ownership is transferred.
This process includes analyzing for sulfur, but also for detrimental elements such as nickel and vanadium that can cause problems later in the refining process. Our elemental analysis solutions can measure all these parameters, enabling a smooth transportation process.
Whether it’s refining fuel, blending crude oil products, or producing petrochemicals, materials analysis can play a key role in the success of downstream oil processes.
In refining, for instance, elemental analysis can help producers ensure that their fuel complies with sulfur regulations and doesn’t contain excess nickel, iron, vanadium, or manganese, which can inactivate the Fluid Cracking Catalyst (FCC).
Next to that, when blending fuel products, sulfur analysis using our on-line Epsilon Xflow or smaller at-line solutions enables producers to optimize the blending sharpness.
In this way, they can minimize costs while still falling within the regulatory limits for high-sulfur content. And, in petrochemical production, X-ray fluorescence spectrometers such as Aeris enable producers to detect and analyze impurities and catalyst residues.
As the oil industry works to minimize its environmental impact, several sustainability-related regulations have been introduced and translated to international test methods.
Malvern Panalytical works with regulatory bodies and standardizing organizations to create solutions that are compatible with these test methods. In this way, we ensure that our products are futureproof and meet the demands of this fast-evolving industry.