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Developing Innovative, Environmentally-Friendly Crude Oil Demulsifiers

Request Number REQ0341883
Due Date April 28, 2017
Author Kevin Andrews
Request for Proposal Details
RFP Title
Developing Innovative, Environmentally-Friendly Crude Oil Demulsifiers
RFP Description

NineSigma, representing a global manufacturer of chemical intermediates, as a leader in developing solutions for industrial goods, invites proposals for new chemistries to promote phase separation of oil and water mixtures.

Background

Oil and gas production in the world increasingly relies on applying pressure to promote extraction from a formation.  One promotion method involves water injection to push crude oil out of the formation.  The resulting fluids can be mixtures of oil and water which must be separated.  Demulsifiers are a chemistry that migrates to the interface between oil and water, disrupting the interface and enhancing water droplet coalescence to promote separation. 

 

Demulsifiers play a key role in maximizing the efficiency of separation and minimizing oil residue in the aqueous phase.  NineSigma’s client seeks to develop more sustainable and environmentally-friendly demulsifiers which perform well at acceptable cost.

 

Anticipated Project Phases or Project Plan

Phase 1 – Proof of concept

  • Demonstrate performance at laboratory scale demonstration
  • Conduct initial application tests
  • Conduct environmental studies
  • Secure intellectual property landscape

 

Phase 2 – Scale up

  • Scale up process using a customer’s or external partner’s equipment

 

Criteria for Moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2

Client will consider for advancement an approach that meets performance criteria with acceptable economics and pathway to commercialization.

 

Key Success Criteria

The successful technology will:

  • Enable complete phase separation of oil and water mixtures in < 1 hour
    • Ideally, permit complete separation in 10 minutes at room temperature
    • Act on mixtures of oil and water ranging from 80:20 to 60:40
  • Be effective at applied concentration of < 100 ppm
  • Be biodegradable
  • Have an acceptable environmental, health, and safety (EHS) profile
    • Preferably be classified as not toxic
    • Originating from green raw materials would be a plus
  • Be easy to handle
    • Available as a liquid or a flowable solid with high solubility in water and organic solvents (60-70% solid content)
  • Have a shelf life of ≥ 1 year
  • Be cost effective to manufacture

 

Possible Approaches

Possible approaches might include, but are not limited to:

  • Ionic liquids, new surfactants based on proven technologies

 

Approaches not of interest

Substances which could be classified as persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT)

 

 

Preferred Collaboration types
Items to be submitted

Your response should address the following:

  • Non-confidential description of proposed technology, working principle, and a rationale for feasibility
  • Availability of technical data including phase separation rate, shelf life, biodegradability, and EHS profile
  • Technical maturity of the approach (concept, reduced to practice, prototype, ready to scale, commercialized)
  • Pathway to commercial scale including timing, estimated budget, and manufacturing process
  • Estimated unit cost of technology (US$/unit mass)
  • Position on intellectual property including patent references and freedom to practice
  • Desired relationship with sponsor
  • Team description and related experience

 

Appropriate responses to this Request

Responses from companies (small to large), academic researchers, research institutes, consultants, or inventors are welcome.  For example:

 

You represent a company or university that has demonstrated a proof of concept.

You represent a company or university that has reduced method to practice at lab scale.

You represent a company or university that has developed a method for use at pilot scale.

You represent a company or university that has demonstrated a method ready for implementation at industrial scale.

You represent a university research department that has a bench-scale demonstration ready to adapt.

You represent a university research department that has an undeveloped pathway with a high probability of success.

 

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