ECC’s state of the art laboratory facilities in Alexandria, Egypt, has a wide range of leading edge equipment that is used in the development and testing of remedial treatments for problematic areas in oil production and refining, such as wax, scale deposition and corrosion.
Our highly experienced and versatile staff have extensive knowledge of chemicals and the testing procedures required to ensure the safe and effective development and screening of chemicals. Conditions which closely mimic those encountered in the field are used to ensure all ECC chemicals are of the best standard and are highly effective when used on location.
- The spillage of environmentally toxic liquid waste is minimized at source, and collected by Sorbents.
- Waste Water from production operations is collected in drains that flow to the wastewater treatment unit.
- The waste water treatment unit is equipped with settling tank separators, skimmers, a dissolved air flotation unit and pH controller.
- Oil waste is separated and handled by trucks for re-use by approved parties.
- Waste Water effluent is treated automatically to adjust pH to acceptable regulatory levels suitable for disposal in the sewage system.
- Other liquid and solid wastes is handled by an approved contractor and sent to authorized disposal sites.
At ECC, quality is of the utmost importance. All our blending and manufacturing processes undergo comprehensive lab tests to ensure our intermediates and products meet the required specifications, so you can be sure they meet the highest standard.
The Pensky–Martens Closed-Cup Flash Point Tester is used by ECC to test fuel oils and solids-liquids suspensios that tend to form a surface film under test conditions and when mixed with other liquids.
Flash point is used in shipping and safety regulations to define ‘flammable’ and ‘combustible’ materials. It is also applicable for the detection of contamination of relatively non-volatile or non-flammable materials with volatile or flammable materials.
This instrument is used to measure kinematic viscosity of liquid chemicals and petroleum products.
The Spectrum BX II system uses the patented COMPARE algorithm, which is the industry-standard method for materials checking in quality assurance testing. It uses proven technology and design to ensure dependable results at all times.
It recognizes and accentuates the smallest spectral differences between a sample and a library of reference materials. Unique filters diminish any anomalies such as baseline variations or atmospheric absorption, to focus only on information that is relevant and unique to the sample.
Research and development is very important at ECC. We want to make sure we always have the best products for you. Our experienced team is constantly looking for ways to help you make your operations more efficient and effective by providing the following services:
- Supervision of the development of designated experimental trials, with the ability to design an effective series of experiments and validation of method development while maintaining close contact with the R&D Manager for discussion.
- Supportive measures that indicate the success and performance of the developed formulation, process or procedure.
- Review results from large quantities of experimental trials and give opinion for further proceeding.
- Team leader for transfer of scale-up technology to pilot plant manufacturing site and quality control/quality assurance department.
- Report to R&D Manager on the progress of work in the relevant field of different sections.
- Supervise ongoing investigations concerning problems arising or refinments of a product, as well as activities in the formulation development laboratory.
- Supervision of maintenance tasks on laboratory instruments and equipment, including working instructions manuals and records, logbooks, calibrations and preventive maintenance requirements, while reporting any inconsistencies or necessary requirements to the R&D Manager.
- Provide training and instructive supervision to junior level subordinates.
PARAFFIN CONTROL CHEMICAL TESTING
ECC has thorough testing procedures to make sure all products meet the highest standards. Some of the equipment used for testing paraffin control chemicals are as follows:
ECC’s Brookfield Viscometer measures the fluid parameters of shear stress and viscosity at various shear rates. It also predicts the temperature-viscosity profile.
SETA Cloud Pour Point Refrigerator
The SETA Cloud Pour Point apparatus is used to measure the pour point temperature of crude oils in accordance with the ASTM D-97 test method. The pour point is defined as the temperature at which oil ceases to flow.
Cold Finger Testing
Cold finger testing measures the deposition of paraffin onto a surface and evaluates the effectivness of the chemical for paraffin inhibition.
SCALES INHIBITOR TESTING
The static bottle test is dynamic conditions to obtain a product recommendation, According to NACE TM0374.
For the theoretical determination of scaling potential of brines, ECC utilizes a scale prediction model called the model allows the scale in brine and in multi-phase systems. The model is a strong tool for use in the development of scale inhibitors and can assist clients in the design and implementation of scale management programs; similarly, for reservoir pre-emptive scale squeeze design ECC has access to Squeeze V modeling and prediction tools.
CORROSION INHIBITOR TESTING
At ECC we carry out a range of tests on corrosion inhibitors to ensure we always have the best product for you. These are some of the tests we carry out:
Closed Loop Side Stream Corrosion Inhibitor Test
The OPAL Corrosion Inhibitor Evaluation Circulating Flow Loop provides a simple and reliable means of taking corrosion measurements in a dynamic environment.
The Rotating Wheel is another apparatus provided by OPAL to support one of the original techniques of evaluating the effectiveness of corrosion inhibitor performance.
This technique has many advantages, including that many samples (approximately 24-36) can be cost-effectively tested at the same time. Sour analysis can also be conducted more easily as the test is carried out in sealed sample cells; long term tests (weeks or months in some cases) can be conducted with minimal supervision; and the effect of pitting, stress cracking and interface corrosion can be assessed far easier by coupon inspection after the exposure period.
The electrochemical spared beaker test used for corrosion performance assessment of the various inhibitors selected for evaluation. Synthetic brine of composition simulating the field brine composition used in the tests. The corrosion rate was continuously monitored for extended periods of between 6 and 24 hours using the linear polarization (LPR) technique in the two-electrode mode.
RCE Corrosion Inhibitor Testing
The Rotating Cylinder Electrode (RCE) can be used to test corrosion inhibitors. Here it is coupled to an ACM. The Electrochemical Logging Unit evaluates the corrosion rate under varying shear conditions. RCE’s allow ECC to rapidly evaluate the effect of flow on the performance of candidate products, as they will attain turbulent flow at low Reynolds numbers.
ECC can perform microbiological testing to determine the presence of different bacterial types. ECC can also evaluate the efficiency of biocides against different plank tonic and sessile bacterial populations (single or field isolated) by conducting kill time test ASTM E 2315.
Specially trained chemists at the ECC laboratory conduct quantitative analysis on black oil in relation to the evaluation of wax and Asphaltene inhibitors.
ECC characterizes generic solid types by their solubility and can provide indications as to the form of solid materials. For more in-depth analysis of solids such as scales, ECC work with Alexandria based analytical companies to obtain x-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) data