Crude Oil Analysis
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Summary of Crude Oil Analysis
Data obtained through crude oil analyses is used for a wide range of arenas, including E&P and sales of oil/natural gas, and thus, analyzing crude oil and unraveling its properties are extremely important.
Through crude oil analysis, we determine both the physical properties (density, kinematic viscosity, and pour point & cloud point) and chemical properties (including sulfur content, carbon residue, wax content, and the composition of constituents) of oil and gas condensates, which are produced from geological formations several thousand meters underground. Specifically, data obtained through the analysis is used for identifying crude oil-producing formations, estimating the sedimentary environment for and the origin of organics in source rocks, evaluating crude oil processing methods, modeling fluid reservoirs, and checking the quality of oil based on sales contracts.
Crude oil analysis evaluates primarily the physical properties (density, kinematic viscosity, and pour point & cloud point) and chemical properties (including sulfur content, carbon residue, wax content, and the composition of constituents) of oil/natural gas condensates.
- Density, kinematic viscosity, pour point & cloud point
- The physical properties are evaluated using measurement tools, such as a hydrometer, an Ubbelohde viscometer, and an automatic pour point/cloud point tester.
- Sulfur content, carbon residue, wax content, distillation test, composition analysis (C3 - C120), reaction (reactive test for water-soluble constituents), ash, water content, water & sediment content, SARA analysis
- The chemical properties are evaluated using measurement tools, such as an X-ray fluorescence sulfur content analyzer, an automatic distillation tester, and a distillation gas chromatograph.
X-ray fluorescence sulfur content analyzer