Gubkin University scientists contributed to testing of the ultrasound-based oil-treatment technology unique to the industry

The Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Centre and Slavneft-Megionneftegaz with the contribution of Gubkin University scientists completed testing of Russia’s first ever oil-treatment technology involving the use of industrial ultrasound.

This technology separates water–oil emulsions into oil and water, under the influence of ultrasonic waves. The process takes place directly in the pipeline, without the use of special separation tanks. This new technology can cut consumption of demulsification agents by as much as 30% in comparison with traditional methodologies, as well as allowing Russian-made chemicals to be used instead of expensive imported alternatives.

Laboratory testing was carried out with the direct participation of Gubkin University scientists. Field testing, conducted at a Slavneft-Megionneftegaz field, demonstrated the high cost-effectiveness of this new technology, and scope for its replication.

“Cutting-edge methodologies, based on achievements in basic science, are helping us cut operating costs and increase efficiency in oil production. This is particularly important in developing mature fields, where projects’ financial viability is directly dependent on the right technologies” – noted Mr. Alexei Vashkevich, Director for Technological Development at Gazprom Neft.

“Commitment to technological leadership is integral to our company strategy. We not only make full use of our own intellectual resources, but also the expertise of the industry’s R&D community. This means we can successfully address many urgent problems in oil production, developing unique technologies and equipment” – said Mr. Mikhail Cherevko, Director General of Slavneft-Megionneftegaz.