Process Live Uptime Assurance for Electrostatic Treaters

Maximize electrostatic dehydrating and desalting performance and reliability

A desert processing facility with electrostatic oil treaters and other equipment.

Realize opex savings you are missing

Process Live service is the software-as-a-service digital solution that maximizes electrostatic desalting and dehydrating performance and reliability.

Electrostatic crude oil dehydrators and desalters are widely used onshore and offshore to lower basic sediment and water (BS&W) and pounds of salt per thousand barrels (PTB) from crude oil; however, maximizing electrostatic performance of these flexible, compact systems depends on manual intervention by operations personnel to optimize performance.

If the electrostatic desalter is not optimized, the result is overspending on demulsifier dosing, heat, freshwater, and accelerated refinery catalyst poisoning, which add to the operational expenses required to meet outlet specifications and avoid contractual penalties or loss of throughput.

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Reduce consumption of emulsion breaker
Conserve freshwater
Reduce fuel gas consumption and CO2 emissions
Maximize savings and reliability

Reach an electrostatics subject matter expert 24/7

Process Live Uptime Assurance automatically improves electrostatic dehydration using active machine learning of optimal power unit operating parameters and crude oil quality feedback to deliver the desired outlet specifications with fewer iterations in less time. Continuous and systematic optimization of electrostatic separation enables reduction of demulsifier injection, washwater, and heating operational expenses. Reducing heat and potable water requirements has an environmental stewardship benefit by decreasing consumption of fuel gas and desalinated water—which may be in short supply.

Lastly, data streaming gives multiple stakeholders a single point of truth to evaluate performance and accelerate corrective actions.

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Proactive Diagnosis Saves Millions

Operator of a Middle East oil production facility eliminated desalter downtime by using Process Live data-enriched performance service to enhance expertise in analyzing data from the facility’s numerous monitoring and control systems.


Plan equipment turnarounds and reduce risk of unplanned shutdowns

You pay a high price for loss of reliability and throughput. Process Live Uptime Assurance for electrostatic treaters lets you proactively manage power unit reliability with prognostic health monitoring and to identify critical events. Electrical system feedback allows proactive maintenance of the power unit and the treater.

Process Live Uptime Assurance for electrostatic treaters helps you optimize performance of

Process Live data-enriched performance service is a multifaceted offering for uptime assurance, process optimization, and greenhouse gas (GHG) control. It integrates digitally enabled equipment, collaboration with OEM experts, and maintenance to enhance asset life cycle management.