In 2008, LSPI introduced ExtremePower® Flow Improver for true heavy crude applications. Prior to LSPI’s commercialization of ExtremePower®, pipeline drag reducer technology had not been available for heavy crude applications. As crude oil gravities fall below 23° API gravity, traditional DRA usually becomes ineffective due to crude makeup.
ExtremePower® flow improver has proven effective in multiple heavy oil grades, including: Western Canada Select, Castilla, Merey, SJVH and Petrozuata. ExtremePower® flow improver can provide over 50 percent drag reduction in heavy oil pipelines operating in turbulent conditions. Drag reduction is possible in turbulent or transitional flow, but not possible in laminar flow.
LSPI offers refinery impact studies by request.