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UPGRADER™ T and AMBER™ T - meeting the tight oil challenge

North America’s oil production has been reenergized with the advent of sophisticated technologies to recover tight oil economically. Tight oil, defined as liquid hydrocarbons obtained by hydraulically fracturing shale formations, is flowing at ever increasing rates from fields such as Bakken, North Dakota; Eagle Ford, South Texas; and Niobrara, Colorado. Tight oil production is currently at least 7% of the USA’s crude consumption: a figure that is growing rapidly.

The composition of tight oil can vary widely, even from the same field. However, tight oil is generally a light, sweet feed with a feed gravity in excess of 40 API. Compared with West Texas Intermediate, a common light, sweet crude of about 39 API, tight oil usually contains more light ends, naphtha and distillate, but less sulfur, gas oil and residual material.

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