QS Energy, Inc. today announced its AOT (Applied Oil Technology) system will be benchmarked on a variety of super-light and ultra-light crude oil due to its ongoing positive evaluation on a major crude and condensate pipeline serving the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas.
Designed to be installed adjacent to pipeline pumping stations, AOT subjects crude oil to a high-voltage/low-amperage electrical field to reduce its viscosity, which permits it to flow in higher volume. By integrating the AOT power supply with the hardware that controls and monitors a pipeline, typically situated in a remotely located control room, AOT will provide pipeline operators with the ability to monitor and react to real-time data to gain the best possible operational efficiencies.
Initially installed on the condensate line last year, the customized AOT unit has undergone a rigorous value engineering process to achieve flow rates at levels predicted in earlier laboratory testing of samples of the ultra-light crude carried by the pipeline. Further viscosity reduction assessments of additional condensate samples are scheduled to be conducted at Temple University’s Department of Physics, with hydraulic analysis of the additional data to be performed by QS Energy engineers.