Kirby Mohr, Consultant, Mohr Separations Research, Inc.

IPEConnect PRESENTATION DATE: October 24, 2024

In most facilities where hydrocarbons are produced or processed it is necessary to separate water (fresh or salt) from the hydrocarbons. The resulting water must then be treated to remove residual hydrocarbons so that it can be reused or reinjected.

The separation of the residual hydrocarbons from the water may be accomplished in various ways from simple gravity separators to much more elaborate systems, depending on the particular site requirements.

Various separation systems are discussed along with effectiveness, advantages and disadvantages of each and a method for determining which system would be most suitable for different situations.

Kirby Mohr holds Bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Oklahoma State University and has written and presented numerous technical papers. He has been working with oil water separators for 35 years, the last twenty three at Mohr Separations.

Engineers can find ways to reduce possible pollution (and hence responsibility) for discharges. Benefits are saving money, avoiding bad publicity, environmental fines. Separators are also a way to recover hydrocarbons for recycling.

Environmental engineers and facilities engineers at any sort of facility where oil in the water could be a problem. Engineers at chemical plants, oil refineries and salt water injection facilities may be interested.