Haemers Technologies propositions for the Oil & Gas industry
Oil production does not go without environmental risk and local social impact: leakages of crude oil, gas flaring, toxic waste. More and more Oil companies are aware of their responsibilities and develop programs to deal with social and environmental issues.
Proposition for Upstream Oil & Gas industry
Haemers Technologies offers with the Smart Burners a proven solution for the remediation of soil, mostly contaminated by hydrocarbons in quite high concentrations.
With Smart Burners ESTD, excavated soil is treated in batches of about 2000 m3. The soil is put in piles and the heating elements are positions horizontally in it. Heating (up to 250°C) usually takes about 1 month.
As described in the technical file vaporised oil can be used as source of energy for the heating elements. Though when extracted from the soil by a SVE system, the hydrocarbons can be recuperated through a condensation system. In fact with this approach, recycling of a large part of the oil can be achieved, creating value and less environmental impact. With the correct design we were able to recover up to 70 % of the initial oil.
As fuel for the burners natural gas can be used, which is often available at exploitation sites. Where petroleum crude oil is extracted, raw natural gas is often produced to the surface as well. Especially in areas where pipelines are lacking, this gas is often flared as unusable waste. It is possible to use this gas (assumed it has the right composition) as energy source for the thermal system.
An alternative is the use of propane gas, in case the use of gas is problematic. For instance on remote locations, with limited natural gas available, Haemers Technologies can adapt the burners and use diesel instead of gas.
As Oil companies usually have gas available and also operational resources (people and equipment) are already available on site, project contracting can be adapted to create the optimal economical model. This may imply that the customer provides the gas needed, while Haemers technologies charges only for the use of the core elements of the technology (burners and ancillary equipment) and for engineering and project management. This may have positive social effects for the customer, enabling him to employ local operational workers.