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Geochemical Characterization of Two Niger Delta Crude Oils and Their Mixtures II: Correlation of Bulk Properties and Aliphatic Hydrocarbons
Science Journal of Chemistry
Volume 8, Issue 5, October 2020, Pages: 107-112
Received: Nov. 29, 2019; Accepted: Dec. 19, 2019; Published: Sep. 24, 2020
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Mark Obinna Onyema, Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Nwannedi Christian Okoroh, Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Ikenna Hope Okorie, Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Leo Chigbu Osuji, Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
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Correlations of bulk geochemical properties such as density, API gravity, saturates, aromatics, resins and asphaltenes (SARA) compositions, aliphatic hydrocarbons (from nC8 to nC38) and their diagnostic ratios (Pr/Ph, Pr/nC17 and Ph/nC18) were evaluated for two Niger Delta crude oils (samples A and F) and their mix at different proportions of 4:1, 3:2, 2:3 and 1: 4 (samples B, C, D and E respectively). Pearson correlation showed strong relationships (> 0.99) between sample pairs in their bulk geochemical properties and diagnostic ratios, but variable relationships (0.20 - 0.85) in the aliphatic hydrocarbons which increased with increase in the proportion of sample F. Assessment of aliphatic hydrocarbon compositions by hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA) showed two major groups of clearly differentiated clusters with negative similarity and their plots revealed the aliphatic hydrocarbon compositions increased/decreased from samples A to F and exhibited variable strength for correlation of the oil samples. Plots of ratios of the aliphatic hydrocarbons were used to depict the geochemical compositional variations of the oil samples. Coefficient of determination (R²) of the plots indicate the ratios C 14/C14 + C25, C15/C15 + C24 and C17/C17 + C23 fits well and could account for 99.4%, 99.3% and 99.2% of the geochemical compositional variations of the two Niger Delta crude oils and their proportional mix. The results suggest these aliphatic hydrocarbon ratios could be useful for estimating the composition of two Niger Delta crude oils in their mix.
Correlation, Composition, Aliphatic Hydrocarbons, Crude oil Mix, Ratio, Niger Delta
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Mark Obinna Onyema, Nwannedi Christian Okoroh, Ikenna Hope Okorie, Leo Chigbu Osuji, Geochemical Characterization of Two Niger Delta Crude Oils and Their Mixtures II: Correlation of Bulk Properties and Aliphatic Hydrocarbons, Science Journal of Chemistry. Vol. 8, No. 5, 2020, pp. 107-112. doi: 10.11648/j.sjc.20200805.12
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