During transport in pipes, following oil processing, asphaltene builds up on pipes and other equipment. Asphaltenes are a class of compounds present in the most liquid oil and gas streams and concentrated in the high-temperature distillation residue of petroleum (> 530°C). Asphaltene deposition is a major problem both upstream and downstream in the petroleum industry. Asphaltene can precipitate deep inside the reservoir, in pipelines or onto safety equipment and cause blockages and severe emulsion formation resulting in reservoir damage, loss of crude oil recovery and escalating costs. There are two types (classes) of additives used to tackle the asphaltene problem at the production sites. These are asphaltene dispersants (AD) and asphaltene inhibitors (AI). AI additives prevent the aggregation of asphaltene molecules, whereas AD additives are usually non-polymeric surfactants. AI agents are polymeric resinous materials that stabilize the asphaltenes and prevent destabilization, agglomeration and flocculation of asphaltenes by forming strong association with asphaltene moieties.
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