The invention is a method of upgrading heavy crude oil (HCO), especially high-sulfur HCO, via the addition of Rival's proprietary distillable recyclable additive (DRA) to form an HCO-DRA mixture. The HCO-DRA mixture is then heated and distilled to form a lower-density, lower-acidity, ash-free distillate containing less sulfur, having lower viscosity than the feed HCO and having lower olefin content than a distillate produced without DRA addition. Results include:
--201% increase in API gravity of distillate; --99.9% reduction in viscosity of distillate; --88% reduction in acid content of distillate; --14% reduction in the olefin content of distillate.
Rival will now focus on a three-part strategy for 2007; complete the patent process to insure worldwide protection; enter into one or more partnerships with major oil producers; and continue ongoing testing aimed at optimizing the formula's value.
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