October 2020, Vol. 247, No. 10


Molecular Plasma Coating Process for Mitigating Deposit Adhesion

Michael A. Miller, Institute Scientist, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) The deposition of solids, such as asphaltenes, scale and wax, in production systems can cause challenges to oil and gas producers. Allowed to accumulate, these solids may begin to restrict, or completely block, flow. Such restrictions can result in production deferment and decreased revenue for an asset.  Figure 1: The coating facility where 40-foot pipe sections are simultaneously coated. The flow assurance community has developed a suite of mitigation and remediation tools to manage these deposition risks. Depending on the solid of concern, these technolog

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