Bespoke ‘fast clean’ technology was developed by Tube Tech in order to clean a severely fouled refinery flare line in Germany. The flare line cleaning was completed on-line and the back pressure in the line reduced to safe operational levels.
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Mike Watson: “Based on the client’s sample analysis, we came prepared for soft, mud-like deposits. Actual samples found during removal were concrete-like lumps, commonly known as ‘sulphurcrete’ and not just sludge! We were, however, still able to wash loose concretion downstream to an interceptor tank. Whilst our objective had been achieved, we offered to return with appropriate equipment and a personal guarantee to all remaining concretion at some future date.”
Mike concluded: “This was the first time an on-line clean of a flare line had been accomplished. We have already designed more powerful equipment, capable of tackling any unexpected deposits, just in case another similar opportunity presents itself anywhere in the world. A considerable digital video archive of information and knowledge was built up during the exercise, which means we can repeat the exercise any time in the future.”
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