FMC Technologies scooped a Spotlight on New Technology award for its InLine ElectroCoalescer system at this year’s OTC in Houston.
The InLine system uses a compact in-line pipe configuration rather than the typical large vessel-type coalescer for the emulsification process, reducing the size and weight of the equipment by 25-50% compared with other electrostatic coalescers. It also reduces operator cost and increases primary separation capacity.
The compact, pipe-based technology uses a high-frequency, alternating current with high voltage to polarize, coalesce and enlarge water droplets, which can then be separated much faster in the downstream separation equipment, FMC explained.
In older facilities, this results in debottlenecking, reduced demulsifier injection and decreased energy consumption of the heating system. For greenfield applications this means it can greatly reduce the size of the separator and the use of demulsifiers.
"We are thinking differently about how we design, develop and apply technology, and the InLine ElectroCoalescer is a good example of how we’ve taken a proven technology and adapted its application to deliver the best to our customers,” commented the company’s chairman and CEO, John Gremp.