Background - Crude Oil Dehydration and Oil Water Separation Systems in Refining and Oil Production Operations.

The infrastructure for dewatering crude oil and oily water treatment installed on both, offshore and onshore, is being superseded in capacity due to an excess of water in the oil process.

Traditional technologies for crude oil dewatering usually use chemicals, heat, electrostatic fields and coalescent surfaces to break oil-water emulsions.

Unfortunately these technologies are unable to manage efficiently and cost effectively an ongoing changing process eventually causing emulsions, equipment damage, operational problems that causes environmental pollution by dumping contaminated water, poor oil quality oil and generally high production costs.

Dehydration Systems Wilbur Eagle Separation Technology

What makes us different...

The separation technology known as MECHANICAL EMULSION BREAKER, is based on the research and development of the latest in hydrophilic and oleophilic patented materials with technologically advanced features that offer exceptional adhesion properties with respect to water or oil depending on which we want to separate. These materials are the main component of the process "mechanical emulsion breaking".

This technology allows us to dewater crude oil on a continuous process if needed in ranges of < .05 % of water without the use of chemicals or pre treatment. The fully automated Dewatering plants can receive patches of water or crude oil of 100% without interrupting the separation process.


Wilbur Eagle Dewatering has the following characteristics and benefits:

1. Crude oil dewatering by Mechanical Emulsion Breaker “MESB" is a stable, continuous, efficient and reliable technology even where there are variations in process conditions.

2. It does not use chemicals nor pre treatment.

3. The Dewatering plant is fully automated and simple to operate.

4. It does not require specialized handling and operation staff.

5. Operation is virtually maintenance free, requiring only annual preventive checkups with scheduled shutdowns of a few hours.

6. The system has a continuous operation since it does not require addition of chemicals. The operator does not have to wait for the chemicals to react in order to achieve an emulsion breaking and oil water separation and vice versa.

With regard to the safety of the operator, not requiring chemical addition improves the operating safety standards and environmental protection.