LEVERKUSEN, Germany -- Momentive Performance Materials has introduced Silbreak 638 Silicone Demulsifier, a new material that enhances the oil demulsification process, making exploration feasible in conditions once thought to be technically and environmentally too demanding.
The material is non-toxic and degrades easily in sea water, making it an attractive alternative to less environmentally friendly products now being used in the oil industry, the company says.
Silbreak demulsifiers combine the unusually high surface activity of silicone materials with the emulsion destabilizing activity of organic groups. Silbreak demulsifiers may be particularly active in heavy crude or upgraded crude at low dosage levels.
When formulated together with organic demulsifiers, they may be able to efficiently separate water from crude at lower temperatures, produce clean water, and reduce residual BSW in the crude to less than the required specification levels at a lower overall cost.
"Silbreak 638 Silicone Demulsifier can play a strategic role in helping oil exploration companies meet growing worldwide demand," says Kostas Spyropoulos, global marketing manager at Momentive Performance Materials, for the product. "By efficiently breaking water-in-oil emulsions and controlling foam in oil-based systems, Silbreak 638 Silicone Demulsifier enhances the recovery process while addressing environmental concerns."
Silbreak 638 Silicone Demulsifier is based on a modified polydimethylsiloxane that contains no halogens. Because of its high molecular weight, Silbreak 638 Silicone Demulsifier is expected to be non-bioaccumulating.