»On-Site Mercury Measurements
The awareness of mercury and other volatile metals in the petroleum industry is steadily increasing. Drilling into deeper and hotter reservoirs increases the probability of encountering Hg in process streams. Mercury is a naturally occurring trace constituent of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas condensate, and virtually all geologic hydrocarbons contain measurable quantities.
Past and more recent accurate mercury measurements from certain basins, shale gas plays and coal bed methane from the Americas, to Austalasia have impacted the hydrocarbons processing industry’s risk to midstream and downstream processing.
The midstream and petrochemical sectors of hydrocarbon processing are becoming aware of the effects of produced mercury on hydrocarbon processing systems, and that produced mercury contaminates processing equipment. The use of precise accurate and reliable measurements is critical to managing an assets risks to process, personnel and the environment in addition to planning for decommissioning, decontamination and waste minimization.
ISCT provides precise, accurate, and reliable onsite mercury assessments, partitioning studies, functional and molecular speciation to quantify mercury and other volatile metals throughout process. Most in the industry are now aware using small sample volumes in pressure cylinders or Tedlar bags results in mercury loss to wetted sample surfaces and results in unreliable data thus impacting an asset’s operations. ISCT M4 systems are capable of collecting large volume samples over time providing both long-term integrated average mercury concentrations and real-time data from connection to either a explosion proof detector for real time measurements or multiple train samples collected and analyzed using AFS or ASS.