Clariant Refinery Services has opened a new state-of-the-art crude and fuel oil laboratory that will focus on applications for transport and storage. Based in Bradford, UK, this global centre will support a highly experienced technical services team equipped to address multiple challenges experienced by refineries, storage terminals, pipeline providers, and logistic companies all around the world.
Equipped with cutting-edge technology, the new laboratory has a wide selection of testing regimes and modern methods of crude oil analysis and performance testing. The facility should allow Clariant Refinery Services to find and develop new, and customised, pour point depressant solutions for the downstream and midstream sector.
With the ability to replicate field conditions within the laboratory, Clariant can conduct full performance potential analyses of any crude oil product, in a real-life simulation, providing customers with reliable solutions, fully tailored to their specific needs.
“IMO 2020 is a challenge for the entire fuel industry. Customers request products and service solutions that are developed to their exact requirements,” said Kay Kutschbach, Head of Clariant’s Refinery Services Business. “With a global service reach, our investment in a state-of-the-art laboratory supports customer focused developments. This allows Clariant to offer proven performance to match future customer needs.”
With the new laboratory’s methodologies and capabilities, Clariant has already developed PPD products and fuel stabiliser solutions specific to the challenges presented by the new IMO 2020 regulations, limiting marine fuels’ sulfur to 0.5% from the previous limit of 3.5%.
The laboratory, that celebrated its official grand opening on 23 January, aims to focus on customer-centred application development with technical experts being specialists in simulating and replicating field conditions.
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