Oil and gas

Oil platform on sea

Extraction, transportation of oil and gas, refining and petrochemicals: Arkema’s products are present throughout the entire chain. Its additives improve production yields, its technical polymers protect pipelines, and its expertise in thiochemicals enhances desulfurization processes and gas odorization.

Exploring for oil and gas ever further afield and deeper in the ground, processing crude oil into products that comply with increasingly stringent environmental standards: the oil and gas industry is faced with a number of challenges.

As a true partner, Arkema designs innovative products and materials for the different stages of the chain while also providing ad hoc services.

Production – boosting production yields with additives

Arkema offers a complete range of additives: Prochinor® (demulsifiers), Inipol® (inhibitors), Bactiram® (biocides), and Norust® (corrosion inhibitors) increase the production yields of oil and gas installations and guarantee the quality of production by:

  • fighting corrosion in the plants
  • limiting the presence of bacteria
  • preventing the formation of moss, scale and other deposits

Focus on... Siliporite® molecular sieves

Molecular Sieves

A result of decades of R&D and collaboration with major partners in the sector, the Siliporite® molecular sieve range fully meets the needs of our customers. Specialty molecular sieves are adsorbents which are highly efficient in the separation of xylene and paraffin isomers. These products are also essential for drying and purifying of petroleum and gas cuts.

Extraction and transportation: protecting the pipelines

The flexible pipelines (pipes, connections and valves) used for the transportation of oil and gas are under enormous strain. With Kynar® polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), Rilsan® and Rilsan® Fine Powders biosourced polyamides, Arkema provides a wide range of solutions to protect them against corrosion, chemical attack, high temperatures (up to 130°C) and aging.

These ultra high performance polymers are also routinely used for coating pipes and flexible tubes in oil and gas installations. In these conditions, they are subjected to extreme fluid pressure constraints.


Deep-water oil drilling equally demands materials that are highly resistant to temperature, abrasion, corrosive products and high pressure. Arkema meets these needs with its Kepstan® PEKK polymer.

PEKK pipes are reinforced with carbon fiber, and are half as heavy as their metal counterparts while offering equivalent rigidity.

Focus on... Rilsan® polyamide 11

Derived from castor oil, Rilsan® PA11 is a polymer of 100% renewable origin. It was the first biosourced plastic approved by the US authorities for high pressure natural gas lines.


Australian Gas Light (AGL) also decided to use Rilsan® PA11 for its underground pipeline project, which has been designed to remain in operation for several decades.

Refining: odorless desulfurization

Sulfur levels in fuels are strictly regulated, and permitted rates are constantly reduced in order to protect the environment.

Desulfurization is the final step in the refining process. As the world’s leading producer of thiochemical products (sulfur chemicals), Arkema provides its expertise to the oil industry through its Carelflex® service and DMDS (dimethyl disulfide). This reagent activates the catalysts used in the desulfurization units of the refineries.

Recently, and to specifically meet the needs of its customers, the Group upgraded DMDS to a pleasantly scented version, DMDS Evolution®, thereby reducing the unpleasant odors specific to this process.

Safety: detecting potential leaks

Natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) are naturally odorless. Products for odorization must therefore be added to the gases to make them detectable in the event of leaks. Arkema offers a range of products such as Spotleak®, Vigileak® and THT (tetrahydrothiophene).