STWA said that AOT is a new technology for lowering extraction and transportation costs for pipeline operators and increasing pipeline efficiency.

AOT utilizes patented processes that reduce the viscosity of crude oil, which reduces operational power requirements, thereby reducing costs and improving margins for pipeline operators.

Phase II testing of an STWA’s AOT prototype unit will be take place in a real world oil pipeline environment at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center (RMOTC) in Wyoming.

The testing is being co-funded under contract with the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI), a global collaborative research development organization for the energy pipeline industry.

The testing will evaluate the magnitude and duration of the viscosity changes, and characterize the potential reduction in power required to pump crude oil due to the application of AOT on oil pipelines.