Hydrocarbon Recovery and Oil Recovery

Hydrocarbon Recovery is defined as “the means of recovery of hydrocarbons in addition to those extracted by water injection or other means.” Hydrocarbons are organic chemical compounds composed of hydrogen and carbon atoms. They are naturally occurring compounds and form the basis of crude oil, natural gas, coal, and other energy sources. When burned, hydrocarbons produce carbon dioxide, water, and heat making them an extremely effective source of fuel. In fact, hydrocarbons are responsible for around 85% of global energy consumption. Many different technologies have been developed for extracting hydrocarbons from deep within the Earth, but one way to recover hydrocarbons is by efficient cleaning of oil tanks and other industrial equipment used for oil & gas production.  

The Advantages of Oil Emulsion Hydrocarbon Recovery & Oil Recovery for Oil Refineries

Oil refineries would benefit from the ability to effectively recover hydrocarbons from industrial equipment and machinery. Global hydrocarbon consumption is expected to grow significantly in the next few decades, especially in the developing world, so being able to extract hydrocarbons efficiently is extremely valuable. It also provides the ability to capture or recover costs from tank cleaning and other decontamination applications.

Tank Cleaning Improves the Efficiency of the Hydrocarbon Recovery Process

The process of hydrocarbon recovery extracts the crude oil sludge and allows the owners of industrial tanks to benefit and profit from this sludge by recovering the hydrocarbons. 

Using Jayne Products’ products to clean crude oil storage tanks, pipelines, and oil tank cargo machinery can extract hydrocarbons from sludge and solution. The sludge waste is converted into an extremely valuable asset with limited effort or energy. 

JPX product for Refinery Chemical Cleaning to Clean Oily Sludge & Recover Hydrocarbons 

Use the chemical cleaner JPX for crude oil tank cleaning and effectively recover hydrocarbons. JPX is a powerful water-based and non-hazardous product formulated for refinery hydrocarbon recovery and other refinery cleaning applications. JPX has been utilized in numerous oil refinery turnarounds and offers the following benefits:

  • High effectiveness at low concentrations 
  • Biodegradable 
  • Safe for people, the effluent system, and air quality 
  • Superior emulsification of 40% 
  • This water-soluble, heavy-duty cleaner and oil tank cleaning chemical contains an additive that reacts with H₂S and acts as an H₂S scavenger 
  • Use this oil refinery cleaning chemical for hydrocarbon removal and H₂S removal 

Learn More About Our Safe and Effective Refinery Decontamination & Hydrocarbon Recovery Products 


Comparison of Different Tank Cleaning Methods: 


This chart indicates that the chemical cleaning method is by far the most effective method of oil recovery (generating >90% oil recovery compared to 0% with manual cleaning and mechanical equipment and 70-80% with robotic mechanical equipment.) 

Why Use the Chemical Cleaning Method?

Jayne Products’ goal is to recover the maximum amount of hydrocarbon in the minimum amount of time. Chemical cleaning is the most effective form of oil storage tank cleaning that recovers the maximum amount of hydrocarbons with limited effort. 

The Benefits of Chemical Tank Cleaning:  

  • Reduce cleaning time 
  • Reduce labor costs 
  • Restore equipment capacity 
  • Reduce air emissions 
  • Reduce danger of explosive and toxic vapors by lowering H₂S & LEL levels 
  • Provide oil-free surfaces and gas-free environment ready for entry 
  • Minimize waste
  • Promote hydrocarbon recovery

Hydrocarbon Recovery Using Our Tank Farm & Refinery Cleaning Procedure 

Using the right products and practices for crude oil tank cleaning is essential not only for effectiveness but to minimize the loss of valuable hydrocarbons. Clean your crude oil tanks effectively using our JPX Crude Oil Storage Tank Cleaning Procedure. This tank farm & refinery tank cleaning procedure helps to recover hydrocarbons without significant solids contamination. The hydrocarbon fluids can then be economically processed as crude unit feed rather than a slop stream, which can be a refinery bottleneck.

Tank Cleaning Hydrocarbon Recovery & Oil Recovery Example 

Based on 500,000 BBL Tank with 30,000 BBL of Sludge Typical Sludge Analysis
  • 67% Oil - 20,100 BBL - Chemical Cleaning Oil Recovery - 90% 7,500 BBL
  • 25% Solids - 2,400 BBL 
  • 8% Water - 2,400 BBL
20,100 BBL x 90% = 18,090 BBL of recoverable oil
  • 18,090 BBL x 50 USD = 904,550 USD
  • 18,090 BBL x 60 USD = 1,085,400 USD
  • 18,090 BBL x 70 USD = 1,266,300 USD
  • 18,090 BBL x 80 USD = 1,447,200 USD 

Our products won’t damage surfaces and are a safer, more eco-friendly alternative to other, harsher products on the market.

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