The Dirty Facts About Black Powder

Black powder is an expensive issue the industry battles daily.  It affects instrumentation, measurement equipment, compressor components, filters and separators, as well as some pipeline integrity programs.  Millions of dollars are spent to remove black powder, and hundreds of thousands are spent to correct damage caused by black powder each year.  There is little (if any) public data on the amount pipelines spend on prevention.

What to Consider Before Pipeline Pigging

In order to assess whether pipeline pigging is a viable option, there are a number of considerations that must be taken into account. The following are some of the main pigging considerations that are commonly used by maintenance crews around the world.

What is Pipeline Pigging?

Pipeline pigging is a concept in pipeline maintenance that involves the use of devices known as pigs, which clean pipelines and are capable of checking pipeline condition. This process is done without necessarily interfering with the flow of product in the pipe.