Deposition-Resistant Coatings


(Asphaltenes, Paraffin, Scale, Wax)

Asphaltenes; Are molecular substances that are found in crude oil, along with resins, aromatic hydrocarbons, and saturates (i.e. saturated hydrocarbons such as alkanes). The word “asphaltene” was coined by Boussingault in 1837 when he noticed that the distillation residue of some bitumens had asphalt-like properties.

Paraffins; As temperatures decrease in your production system, there is the potential for higher carbon chain paraffins to precipitate out of solution, forming deposits on the surfaces of your pipe and equipment. As this occurs, you may experience a number of production problems, such as blocked pore spaces and perforations, plugged tubing, downhole pump failures, or blocked valves – all leading up to the possible loss of oil and gas production value.

Scale; Based on the changes in pressures, pH, temperatures and the amount of dissolved solids in your produced water, there is an inherent risk of mineral deposits forming on the surfaces of your entire production system. For example, some minerals are soluble in reservoir conditions downhole, as they are brought to the surface, they can begin to produce scale, such as calcium carbonite, calcium sulfate and barium sulfate, potentially increasing your operating expenses, decreasing or stopping the flow of fluids and causing premature equipment failure and fouling.

Silver Fox offers several coatings that will aid it mitigating the deposition buildup mechanism. Find out more about our deposition-resistant coatings or any of our other protective coatings by browsing our shop or contacting us today.

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