Boerne, Texas, January 23, 2017. In crude oil service applications, the frequent buildup and collection of Paraffins and Asphaltenes on oil field equipment and instrumentation leads to extensive maintenance, lost production time and potential safety hazards. In 2012, Electrolab introduced an Anti-Paraffin (AP) Treatment for its Model 2100 Stainless Steel Digital Level Sensors and received a U.S. utility patent for its use in October 2016. See the Press Release titled, “Electrolab Announces Issue of New U.S. Patent for Anti-Paraffin Treatment,” for additional information.
Based on the success of AP Treatment, customers in the Oil & Gas and other industries requested additional applications and treatment technologies. To meet the increasing demand for surface treatment modification, Electrolab created the new spin-off company, e9 Treatments, Inc. In addition to digital level sensors, e9 Treatments, Inc. products have been successfully applied to a variety of precision instrumentation (including turbine meters, flow and Coriolis meters, valves, filters, and others) in oil & gas environments where paraffin and asphaltene buildup often disrupts operations. Along with paraffin and asphaltene repellency, these treatments’ omniphobic properties help reduce and eliminate maintenance tied to a variety of metal and glass surfaces where organic and inorganic buildup prevention, scale and corrosion deterrence, and other preventative surface treatments are needed. Applications for e9 Treatments, Inc. products extend well beyond the oil & gas industry into other industries where anti-fouling, corrosion resistance, general protection & easy clean surface characteristics are a must.
“e9 Treatments, Inc. has worked tirelessly to develop full solutions— including application methodology, chemistry optimization and extensive substrate testing and evaluation—for companies seeking to protect assets and to extend the lifespan of their industrial infrastructures in challenging environments. We are just beginning to tap the potential market for surface treatments that address fouling issues on equipment and other high-value assets. Many of these assets are in service in some of industry’s harshest and most challenging environments. Offering viable solutions to these problems will reduce equipment maintenance and downtime, improve production efficiency and provide significant cost savings,” said Sean Drees, CEO, e9 Treatments, Inc.