Absorption Oil

Definition - What does Absorption Oil mean?

Absorption oil can be defined as the light weight liquid oil that is used to wash or absorb heavier liquid hydrocarbons from a gas stream. It is also referred to as wash oil. During the oil production phase, heavier hydrocarbons can be tough to wash through or flow from the wellbore. Therefore, light weight hydrocarbons are introduced as a means to wash or absorb the heavier oil. The absorption oil is used in production facilities to carry out the oil absorption process and remove the heavy oil from the wet gas stream.

Petropedia explains Absorption Oil

Oils and fluids are used for various purposes such as drilling and production. Absorption oil is primarily used in the production phase. It is the lightweight hydrocarbon, i.e., a mixture of hydrogen and carbon atoms, which is used to wash or absorb its heavier counterpart. Liquid hydrocarbons can be tough to remove from a wet gas stream; therefore, oil absorption process needs to be implemented to render the gas stream free from it. For this condition, absorption oil is used to remove or absorb the heavy oil. It is also commonly called as wash oil in the oil and gas industry.

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