Winterizing Tar Sand Crude Oil Based Diesel Fuels
Much has been written about the Keystone Pipeline Project that would bring Canadian tar sand crudes from western Canada to the American Gulf Coast refineries. However, nothing has been published about the finished fuels, distillate fuels in particular and more specifically, the diesel fuels that will be produced from these crude oils.
The USA refineries certainly can adjust their processes to make finished diesel fuels from tar sand that appear to be the same as fuels from traditional crude oils. But, the manner in which these finished diesel fuels respond to the various winterization additives available today is entirely another story.
Inc. began testing tar sand based diesel fuels more than six years ago using
well-known and significantly effective winterization additive formulations.
Unfortunately, using those proven chemistries had little or no effect on
lowering the cold flow properties of the finished diesel fuels made from tar
Traditional chemistries at dramatically higher treat rates and significantly higher
application costs showed unacceptable cold filter plugging point (CFPP)
temperature improvements of only a few degrees. Even the finished fuel pour
point (PP) proved difficult to reduce in these fuels.
a result, extensive laboratory testing programs were undertaken that led into
unchartered chemistry territories for fuel additive companies. These original
testing programs uncovered a very limited number of fuel chemistries that had
any affect at all on these new tar sand crude based diesel fuels. And, all of
these chemistries would require significant amounts of kerosene (No. 1-D) fuel
to be added to tar sand diesel fuels in order to lower the CFPP and Pour
paid off for Amalgamated, Inc. and today, it is the only fuel additive company
that can offer an additive that successfully lowers the CFPP and PP of tar sand
crude based diesel fuels at a cost effective treat rate "without" the
use of any kerosene or No. 1-D additions.
you are processing tar sand crudes or purchasing diesel fuels made from tar sand
crude oil for use during the winter month, this new proprietary Amalgamated,
Inc. additive formulation, EPA registered as AMAL-053012-W, is an essential
addition to avoid operational problems with diesel powered equipment.
test data is available to demonstrate the effectiveness of this distillate fuel
additive product. For your own verification testing, request a sample from our Contact