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9023213 Treatment of interface rag produced during heavy crude oil processing  
A method for treating an interface rag includes the steps of removing a volume of rag at a controlled rate from an upstream rag source and passing the rag through a high pressure pump and a...
8936728 Chemicals for oil spill cleanup  
The clean-up of crude oil is accomplished using an oil solubilizing agent from a class of onium halides to solubilize the oil in water. The oil solubilizing agent includes a quaternary phosphonium...
8900460 Method to process effluent brine and interface rag from an oil dehydration/desalting system  
A method for processing interface emulsion, water, and solids contained within a separator vessel that comprises the steps of continually extracting those components from the vessel and then...
8858802 Deoiling of SAGD produce water  
Methods of deoiling oily water such as SAGD and frac produce water. The oily water is treated with a natural coagulant selected from tannins and chitosan. A cationic and/or anionic flocculant may...
8840786 System and method for removing dissolved contaminants, particulate contaminants, and oil contaminants from industrial waste water  
A system for removing dissolved contaminants, particulate contaminants, and oil contaminants from industrial waste water, the system including a gas floatation and primary oil contaminant removal...
8833567 Coalescence media for separation of water-hydrocarbon emulsions  
A coalescence media for separation of water-hydrocarbon emulsions comprises an emulsion-contacting sheet formed of: (a) at least one component of the group consisting of natural fibers, cellulose...
8815960 Demulsifying and dehydrating formulations for heavy crude oils based on block copolymers bifunctionalized with amines  
The present invention relates to demulsifying and dehydrating formulations of heavy crude oil based block copolymers amine bifunctionalized with low polydispersities. These formulations can...
8802740 Environmentally friendly demulsifiers for crude oil emulsions  
The present invention provides environmentally friendly demulsifiers for the breakdown of petroleum oil applications. The demulsification formulations of the present invention are biodegradable...
8796433 Demulsification compositions, systems and methods for demulsifying and separating aqueous emulsions  
The present invention provides compositions, systems and methods for demulsifying an emulsion including an aqueous phase and an organic phase by adding an effective amount of a composition...
8753524 Composite media for water treatment processes and methods of using same  
Systems and methods for treating a stream comprising a hydrocarbon liquid and an aqueous-based liquid are provided. The systems and methods may utilize a media composite comprising a mixture of a...
8747674 Process for treatment of water/oil emulsions  
A process for the treatment of water/oil (W/O) emulsions is described which includes the addition of an ionic liquid, under heating, to a water/oil emulsion containing between 0.5% and 85% of...
8728327 Methods and apparatus for conditioning and degassing liquids and gases in suspension  
A method and apparatus are provided for the controlled application of ultrasonic energy for conditioning of mixtures of gas and liquids by evolving and/or agglomerating gas bubbles existing with...
8653148 Microwave process and apparatus for breaking emulsions  
A oil and water emulsion breaking system having a reactor including an inner vessel connected to an inlet and an outlet of the reactor and allowing microwaves to pass therethrough, a packed bed of...
8596346 Coal fines flocculation from produced water using oil-soluble phosphate ester  
A method of flocculating coal fines from produced water that includes the steps of: (A) mixing at least: (i) produced water, wherein the produced water comprises suspended coal fines; (ii) one or...
8540885 Use of alkoxylated polyalkanolamines for splitting oil-water emulsions  
The use of alkoxylated polyalkanolamines as demulsifiers for splitting oil-water emulsions, especially for splitting crude oil emulsions.
8506821 Dewatering system  
A system for processing drilling mud, the system including a primary separation tank having an inlet for receiving drilling waste and an outlet in fluid communication with a feed line, and an...
8507565 Polyorganosiloxane demulsifier compositions and methods of making same  
The invention relates to a method for separating emulsions of oil and water, the method comprising incorporating a demulsifying-effective amount of a polyorganosiloxane demulsifier into an...
8491796 Treatment of solid-stabilized emulsions  
An emulsion treating unit and process. A subcooled boiling zone in the unit comprises a heat transfer surface to contact an emulsion at a temperature in excess of the saturation temperature of an...
8449776 Density adjustment by the use of light cycle oil, (LCO), for recovery and reclamation of spilled oil following the 2010 off-shore leak in the gulf  
Our idea is a new procedure that can be used to clean up and recover oil from spills or oil leaking from damaged ships or rigs. The reclamation is accomplished by restoring the oil's light...
8444849 Devices and processes for deasphalting and/or reducing metals in a crude oil with a desalter unit  
This invention relates to devices and processes for removing asphaltenes and/or metals from crude oil to increase refinery processing of heavy materials. The desalters of this invention reduce...
8440727 Hydrocarbon extraction by oleophilic beads from aqueous mixtures  
A method and system for recovering fluid (e.g. liquid) hydrocarbons from both naturally-occurring and man-made mixtures of hydrocarbons and mineral substrates by the exploiting of buoyant beads.
8414777 Coalescing apparatus, emulsion treatment system and method for coalescing  
A coalescing apparatus including a casing having an inner chamber for accommodating insulating fluid. At least one tube of electrically insulating material extends through the casing and the...
8308957 Process for separating mercaptans from caustic  
A separation process for separating two or more immiscible liquids using contactors utilizing high surface area vertical hanging fibers is disclosed. This separation process is especially useful...
8298429 Apparatus for treating a waste stream  
An integrated unit operations for the treatment of a waste stream, such as spent caustic, is provided in a single vertical vessel having at least three separate zones: a mixing, a settling, and a...
8268975 Demulsification compositions, systems and methods for demulsifying and separating aqueous emulsions  
The present invention provides compositions, systems and methods for demulsifying an emulsion including an aqueous phase and an organic phase by adding an effective amount of a composition...
8227382 Breaker fluids and methods of using the same  
A method of cleaning a wellbore drilled with a drilling fluid that forms a filter cake that includes emplacing a breaker fluid into the wellbore, the breaker fluid comprising: an aqueous fluid; a...
8192627 Bio-oil recovery methods  
An emulsion-breaking additive is combined with an emulsion concentrate to yield a reaction product and the emulsion concentrate is produced in a process stream and contains entrapped bio-oil....
8177985 Methods for separating oil and water  
The present invention relates to methods for the separation of oil and water, in particular through the action of a polymeric material on oil/water emulsions (including oil-in-water and...
8147678 Devices and processes for deasphalting and/or reducing metals in a crude oil with a desalter unit  
This invention relates to devices and processes for removing asphaltenes and/or metals from crude oil to increase refinery processing of heavy materials. The desalters of this invention reduce...
8137566 Recovery of tailings ponds  
A method of treating tailings comprising a solids fraction and a hydrocarbon fraction is disclosed. A primary flow is supplied to a jet pump, the primary flow comprising water and less than 20%...
8101086 Oil/water separation of full well stream by flocculation-demulsification process  
A process for the separation of production fluids is provided. The production fluids comprise an oil/water emulsion stabilized with fine solids. The emulsion may further comprise asphaltenes and...
8043858 Dynamic desalter simulator  
A small-scale dynamic simulator for crude oil refinery desalters has a pressurized oil deviblis configured to hold a supply of crude oil and a water deviblis configured to hold a supply of wash...
8030363 Polyorganosiloxane demulsifier compositions and methods of making the same  
The invention relates to a method for separating emulsions of oil and water, the method comprising incorporating a demulsifying-effective amount of a polyorganosiloxane demulsifier into an...
7998351 Tannin based polymeric coagulants composition and method of use  
Composition and method of use for tannin based environmentally benign polymeric coagulants are disclosed. Tannin based coagulants are copolymers of naturally occurring tannins and a cationic...
7988864 Process and device for separation of liquids emulsified in mixtures of liquids and gases dissolved in mixtures of liquids and gases by localized pressure reduction  
A process and a device implementing the process, for separating fluids in emulsion and/or in solution, and/or for low pressure distillation, in particular of water and/or gaseous hydrocarbons...
7981979 Siloxane cross-linked demulsifiers  
A composition comprising one or more siloxane cross-linked demulsifiers wherein said siloxane cross-linked demulsifiers are prepared by reacting one or more alkylphenol-formaldehyde resin...
7935261 Process for treating waste drilling mud  
A method is provided of recycling and cleaning up oil-based waste drilling mud and cuttings contaminated with oil-based waste drilling mud. A facility for performing the method is also provided....
7867399 Method for treating waste drilling mud  
A method is provided of recycling and decontaminating oil-based waste drilling mud and cuttings contaminated with oil-based waste drilling mud. A facility for performing the method is also...
7862730 Systems and methods for separating hydrocarbons from water  
A system for separating hydrocarbons from water, the system including an inlet for receiving a fluid, the fluid including a water phase and a hydrocarbon phase, and a separation tank having a...
7833499 Separation process  
A separation process for separating two or more immiscible liquids using fiber-film technology is disclosed. This separation process is especially useful in the separation of disulfide oil formed...
7799230 Method for treatment of oil to facilitate its subsequent removal  
Method for treatment of oil on a solid or liquid surface to facilitate subsequent removal of the oil from the surface. A fat-soluble metal containing substance comprising an organic anion and a...
7780854 Methods for separating oil and water  
The present invention relates to methods for the separation of oil and water, in particular through the action of a polymeric material on oil/water emulsions (including oil-in-water and...
7771588 Separatory and emulsion breaking processes  
The invention pertains to the use of a class of acetylenic surfactants to resolve or break water and oil emulsions. The surfactants are of particular advantage in resolving crude oil emulsions of...
7745501 Method for demulsifying  
The invention relates to a method for separating emulsions of oil and water, the method comprising incorporating a demulsifying-effective amount of a silicone demulsifier into an emulsion...
7736518 Separating mixtures of oil and water  
A cavitation device is used to heat and facilitation the separation of mixtures and emulsions of oil and water. Waste heat from the power source for the cavitation device may be utilized to...
7678201 Composition and process for the removal and recovery of hydrocarbons from substrates  
The invention relates to a chemical composition and a process for using the chemical composition to remove and recover petroleum hydrocarbons from a contaminated substrate including an ammonia...
7673516 Ultrasonic liquid treatment system  
An ultrasonic treatment chamber and a process for ultrasonically treating a liquid in an ultrasonic treatment chamber include an elongate, generally tubular housing having an inlet and an outlet...
7611633 Method and device for separation of a fluid, in particular oil, gas and water  
A method for separation of fluid, in particular oil, gas and water, in connection with the extraction of such a fluid from formations under the surface of the earth or the sea bed. The fluid is...
7578941 Length-based liquid-liquid extraction of carbon nanotubes using a phase transfer catalyst  
The present invention is generally directed to new liquid-liquid extraction methods for the length-based separation of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and other 1-dimensional nanostructures. In some...
7575690 Recycling hydrocarbon hydraulic stimulation fluid  
Hydrocarbon stimulation fluids are often used to increase the permeability and productivity of oil and gas reservoirs. The fluid itself is made up of a mixture of hydrocarbons and various...