The Freewater Knockout (FWKO) has been the basic oil field standard in oil-water separation for many years; The PerformaxR Matrix Plate Coalescer is an improved enhanced oil-water separator which satisfies the oil producers' desire for a simple, efficient separator. Sizing and case history information is reviewed. Results from light gravity paraffinic oils to heavy gravity asphaltic oils are detailed. The Performax Coalescer with improved oil, gas, and water quality is becoming the new industry standard for oil-water separation.

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