Economically and technically viable methods for controlling paraffin buildup in pipelines and wellbores are critical to the production of crude oil in deep water and cold environments. Conoco has identified laboratory test methods and developed a paraffin prediction program to better quantify the paraffin (wax) deposition potential of a crude oil and to evaluate or develop methods of preventing or controlling paraffin buildup. This paper will describe the thermodynamic paraffin model and the complementary laboratory test methods. A companion paper will describe the kinetic deposition model and the associated laboratory and field data.

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