Conference Proceeding

Heavy oil upgrading using a new nano catalyst at room temperature

Dr. Awad Mansour,
University of Akron, USA

Prof. Awad Mansour is a professor of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering, University of Akron, Ohio, U.S.A. Dr. Awad Mansour holds Founder & X-Chairman of Chem.& Pharmaceutical Eng. Department at Jordan University of Science & Technology 1980-2007. He served as a Professor of Formerly with Yarmouk University, Jordan University of Science & Technology University and University of Akron, Ohio, U.S.A. An inventor of more than 40 phyto-herbal health formulas for Diabetes ,Hypertension, Cancer ,Heart Failure, Kidney Failure, Liver Cirrhosis etc. Dr. Awad Mansour research interest mainly focused on "BOTANICAL PHARMACEUTICAL COMPUTERIZED FORMULATIONS", Using Nano Technology to Maximise of Drugs,Nano Cosmetics, Multicomponent Adsorption, Heat and Mass Transfer, Fluid Flow, Numerical Methods, Environmental Engineering, Thermophysical Properties, Process Optimisation, Plastic Polymers, Shale Oil & Oil Sand, Nano Concrete, ,Oil Spill Technologies, Biodiesel Technologies, Water Clean Energy, Drag & Heat Reduction in Oil Pipelines , Alternative Energy , Nano Motor Oil Lubricants.

In recent years, global demands of energy have increased due to industrial growth while the worldwide production of conventional crude oil has almost reached its peak. Recent statistics show that there is a decline in light oil production and the composition of produced oil is getting heavier. Therefore, heavy oil production would play an important role in the future of the ever-growing world's energy consumption. Heavy oil and bitumen require energy-intensive operations for their production, upgrading, and transportation to refineries for subsequent production operations. Therefore, reducing the viscosity of the heavy oil simultaneously with enhanced oil recovery has attracted a lot of attention in the past few years. The purpose of this work carried out at the Sultan Qaboos University, Petroleum, and Chemical Engineering Department, was to assess the effectiveness of a patent-pending improved chemical formula developed by Professor Awad Mansour for heavy oil upgrading and investigate its potentials as an enhanced oil recovery method. It was found that the provided chemical solvent was capable to:
• Reduce the crude oil viscosity by up to 90%,
• Increase the API value by up to 27%,
• Increase in oil volume up to 100%
• Reduction of sulphur content up to 20%
• Increase the light hydrocarbon composition in the crude samples
• Enhanced the oil recovery by 10% with NO apparent damage to the formation.

Published: 27 April 2017