Clariant Refinery Services has opened a new crude and fuel oil laboratory in Bradford, England.
The new laboratory will act as a global centre focusing on applications for transport and storage of crude and fuel oil.
Supported by a highly experienced technical services team, the lab will be equipped to address multiple challenges faced throughout the oil industry, including in pipelines and storage terminals.
To assist customers in meeting the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) 2020 regulations, the facility will also focus on tackling pour point and stability challenges.
The IMO 2020 regulations have ruled that, as of 1 January 2020, marine sector emissions in international waters will need to be limited to 0.5 per cent from the previous 3.5 per cent limit.
Clariant Head of Refinery Services Kay Kutschbach says IMO 2020 is a challenge for the entire industry with customers requesting solutions tailored to specific requirements.
The new lab will achieve this specification through its ability to replicate field conditions and analyse products’ full performance potential in a real-life simulation.
“With a global service reach, our investment in a state-of-the-art laboratory supports customer focused developments,” said Mr Kutschbach.
“This allows Clariant to offer proven performance to match future customer needs.”
Attributed to the lab’s innovative methodologies, Clariant has already developed products and stabiliser solutions specific to challenges presented by the new regulations.
The lab was officially opened on 23 January 2020.
For more information visit the Clariant website.
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