August 2011, Vol. 238 No. 8


Chemically Assisted Pipeline Cleaning For Pigging Operations

A successful cleaning chemical formulation process for hydrocarbon transportation pipelines has been developed and applied in pipelines in the U.S. Case studies are included in this article. An elaboration on the research leading to the new product and the laboratory testing that substantiated the formulation can be found in a longer paper presented by the author at the PPIM 2011 Conference conducted in Houston in February. Internal pipeline deposits are a common observation. These deposits can restrict flow to the extent where process shut-downs and offline cleaning programs become necessary. A plethora of solids can be found in pipelines and can originate from a variety of s

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