Emulsion pipeline technology is a simple and cost-effective method for transporting viscous crude oils. A drastic reduction in the apparent viscosity of the oil-in-water emulsion makes this technology feasible.

This paper presents and discusses the laboratory experiments to explore emulsion properties that will be the basis for the design and operation of the emulsion pipeline. Examples are presented to show the characteristics of the test results. A list of publications and U.S. Patents associated with the emulsion pipeline technology is included.

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