Pipeline cleanliness improves product quality, operating efficiency and mitigates debris-inflicted damage to plant such as compressors. From the day the pipeline is constructed it will need cleaning with pigs to remove weld slag, hydro test water and general construction debris such as welding rods. As a pipeline ages, debris such as scale, wax and other deposits will accumulate. Operational and product conditions that encourage corrosion can affect the useful life of the pipeline and affect system integrity.
Knowledge of what is in the pipe, the rate of debris deposition of debris, where the problems originate, together with an understanding of the general pipeline design is invaluable for developing an effective cleaning & maintenance program. Major failures can be avoided with regular maintenance.