Fuel additive developer Clariant Refinery Services has opened a new crude and fuel oil laboratory in Bradford, the UK.
The new lab, which will focus on applications for transport and storage, will support a technical services team equipped to address challenges experienced by refineries, storage terminals, pipeline provider and logistics companies around the globe.
Featuring a wide range of testing facilities and modern methods of crude oil analysis and performance testing, the new lab will enable Clariant to develop new and customised pour point depressant solutions for the downstream and midstream sector.
Clariant will be able to replicate field conditions within the laboratory, as well as conduct full performance potential analyses of any crude oil product in a real-life simulation. This will provide customers with reliable solutions that are tailored to their specific needs.
Commenting at the opening, Kay Kutschbach, head of Clariant’s refinery services business, said: “IMO 2020 is a challenge for the entire fuel industry. Customers request products and service solutions that are developed to their exact requirements. With a global service reach, our investment in a state-of-the-art laboratory supports customer focused developments. This allows Clariant to offer proven performance to match future customer needs.”
Clariant has already developed PPD products and fuel stabiliser solutions specific to challenges presented by the new International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) 2020 regulations, which entered force on 1 January 2020 and limit the sulphur content in marine fuels to 0.5%.
The laboratory, which was officially opened at the end of January, will continue to focus on customer-centred application development.
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