Organic halides in crude oil

Crude oil typically contains no organic halides. These are introduced at production sites, in pipelines, or in storage tanks. These components produce HF, HCl, and other acids in reforming and hydro-treating processes, leading to corrosion and catalyst poisoning. Speciation of the halides is an important parameter to measure in order to trace the contamination source. The current specifications expect to find less than 2 mg/kg organic chlorine in crude oil. Sulfur in crude oil could be quantified on the fly. Due to the specific request in this application, only the halogens are determined.