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New Case History Canada

A SAGD oil sands facility, located in Northern Alberta used FQE® Solvent-ME to remove high asphaltenic bitumen residue from piping, vessels and pumps. See the before and after photos.

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New Case History USA

FQE Solvent-H was used on two heat exchangers; both running flash crude and vacuum resid. The heat exchanger tubes were vapor phased for 30-40 min, and the shell side was done in 35-45 min.

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FQE Pyrophoric

Pyrophoric Control

FQE Pyrophoric is a water-based product designed to control the combustion of iron sulphide deposits. This is accomplished in an unconventional way: by preventing oxidation.

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Removing Solid Asphalt Via Vapor Phase


Dissolving Crystalline Asphalt


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This experiment was set up to determine the efficiency of asphaltene dissolution using FQE Solvent-H versus two industry alternatives and water. As evidenced in the experiment, the soluble asphaltene was completely dissolved with vapor phase application of FQE Solvent-H. The alternatives tested essentially yielded the same results as using water (steam).


At the end of an hour, when only insoluble coke remained in the FQE beaker, a spatula was used to easily remove particulates from the beaker wall. FQE Solvent-H condensate was then transferred with the spatula to the other three beakers. The powerful active ingredients of FQE Solvent-H, in condensate, was able to solubilize the deposits in the remaining beakers.


In essence, the experiment mimics decontamination of vertical vessels using a vapor phase cleaning technique. The asphalt along the side of the beakers represent heavy fouling of vessels and process equipment, easily addressed by FQE Solvent-H.

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Industry Focused. Educational Blog.

Learn from our award-winning chemist—the developer of over 200 chemistries—about the roles chemicals play in the industrial sectors through this educational series.

Part 19: Water Formed Scale

Scaling is a common problem frequently encountered in oil and gas production, petroleum refining and other industrial operations where water…

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Part 18: Paraffin Deposition Theory and Control

Part 18 - Paraffin Deposition Theory and Control

Paraffin separation from crude oil or distilled intermediates produces two detrimental conditions – plugging and increasing energy demand…

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FQE Chemicals Industry Focused Blog

Doug Mason Chemical Industry Blog

Visit the FQE Chemicals blog home page to keep up with all the latest posts written by award-winning chemist, Douglas Mason, M.Sc., Organic Chemistry.

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