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Title: Method for controlling clathrate hydrates in fluid systems

Discussed is a process for preventing clathrate hydrate masses from impeding the flow of fluid in a fluid system. An additive is contacted with clathrate hydrate masses in the system to prevent those clathrate hydrate masses from impeding fluid flow. The process is particularly useful in the natural gas and petroleum production, transportation and processing industry where gas hydrate formation can cause serious problems. Additives preferably contain one or more five member and/or six member cyclic chemical groupings. Additives include poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) and hydroxyethylcellulose, either in combination or alone.
  1. (Golden, CO)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Colorado School of Mines (Golden, CO) NETL
Patent Number(s):
US 5420370
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Research Org:
Colorado School of Mines (Golden, CO)
Country of Publication:
United States
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