Monday, May 25, 2009

Sweet Sour Crude

How many people those really realize of this sweet sour crude? I would say that many of them not really aware of this sweet sour crude. Many of us have heard of sweet sour fish, sweet sour chicken, etc, which is actually reflecting the type of cooking. However, in oil and gas industry these are totally different categories which reflecting lot of differences. Those differences in fact not really recognized even by those personnel from oil and gas industry. Again, oil and gas industry is not really a small scope of world which can be understood by all the personnel from the industry.

There are different levels of understanding of this sweet and sour crude. Some might say that sweet crude is more expensive than sour crude which is right and they are not really sure why that is so. Besides, some people might say that refinery configuration would be different in term of the process involved which is also absolutely right. There are people would say that sour crude is nasty crude whereby sweet crude something good crude. All these are absolutely correct but there is a reason why those people saying so.

The main culprit that causing this nattiness is actually all those unwanted gaseous such as carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur, etc that need to be treated before further processed. So, the main difference to the refinery is that additional unit area which requires additional cost. However, it does not mean that the sour crude is unwanted crude relative to sweet crude. Obviously the sweet may not to be treated to remove all those unwanted gaseous since it is within allowable limit to the downstream unit where the rest of refinery taking place such as reforming which is actually the main process to convert long chain into aromatics which gives the higher octane number.

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