High-Throughput Methane Hydrate Inhibitor Development

There is a strong financial incentive for gas- and oil-companies to develop novel hydrate inhibitors to prevent the formation of methane hydrate in deep-sea wells.

The high-throughput ILS testing unit can be used to either develop novel Kinetic Hydrate Inhibitors or Thermodynamic Hydrate Inhibitors.

More efficient hydrate inhibitors can be used at much lower concentrations levels, significantly reducing the operating costs of gas extraction rigs.

The ILS unit is designed to test 24-samples at once. This results in a massive increase in the amount of data that can be produced in a very short period of time.

 The unit can be operated at up to 400 Bars and 300°C. Each reactor is magnetically stirred.

 The reactors including all fittings are completely immersed in a thermostat-controlled water-bath insuring perfect isothermicity +/-0.1°C over the course of weeks.

The ILS unit uses a special, septum-sealed glass-liner system, which completely isolates the reaction mixture in a glass vial. This means there is no cleaning required after reaction maximizing the testing throughput that our clients can realize.

The unit has been designed in HC-276 and is sealed with Kalrez elastomer seals making it fully-Nace compliant for operation with H2S and brine solutions.

The ILS high-throughput hydrate testing unit is fully automated. Pressure traces in each individual reactor are recorded and provide a direct, time-resolved indication of hydrate formation.

Viewing windows can optionally be included if desired.

An automated heating sequence at the end of the run decomposes hydrates formed and provides an automated check of whether measured pressure drop has its origins in hydrate formation or in a leak.