Pipeline Cleaning

Pipeline Cleaning

Pipeline CleaningBuildup inside a pipeline can slow the transmission of product. It can even plug the pipeline, causing dangerous flaws and cracks. Pipeline cleaning provides a level of assurance for industries that rely on free flowing pipelines. 

Pipeline cleaning by means of a spherical or cylindrical pipe pig is a convenient and effective way of cleaning the pipe without interrupting the flow. The pipe is introduced into the pipeline via a trap, which is equipped with a launcher and receiver. The product flow forces the pig through the pipeline; alternatively, it can be towed by a cable or another device.  

Pipe pigs facilitate pipeline cleaning by scraping clean the inside pipe walls and pushing out debris in the pipes. In addition to clearing the line, the pipe pig can also inspect the interior of the line.

Industrial Pipeline Cleaning 

At Pipe Pigs, we supply pipeline cleaning solutions for a number of industries, including:

Refinery Product Lines

  • Loading & Unloading
  • Crude Lines
  • Potable Water Lines
  • Fire Protection Lines
  • Sewage & Disposal Lines

Food Processing Plant Product Lines

  • Potable Water Lines
  • Fire Protection Lines
  • Steam Lines
  • Air Lines
  • Wash Water Lines
  • Sewage & Disposal Lines

Chemical Plant Product Lines

  • Loading/unloading Lines
  • Process Lines
  • Transmission Lines
  • Sewage & Disposal Lines

Manufacturing Plant

  • Potable Water Lines
  • Fire Protection Lines
  • Process Lines
  • Sewage & Disposal Lines
  • Steam Lines
  • Air Lines

Oil & Gas

  • Injections Lines
  • Flow Lines
  • Gathering Lines
  • Transmission Lines
  • Water Supply Lines Municipal
  • Gas Mains
  • Force Sewer Lines
  • Water Distribution Lines
  • Raw Water Lines Power Plant
  • Fly Ash Lines
  • Water Intake Lines
  • Cooling Water Lines
  • Fire Protection Lines

Pulp & Paper Mills Process Lines

  • Fire Protection Lines
  • Sewage & Disposal Lines
  • Raw Water Lines
  • Liquor Lines
  • Effluent Lines Mining
  • Slurry Lines
  • Process Water Lines
  • Potable Water Lines
  • Fire Protection Lines
  • Air Lines
  • Transmission Lines

New Construction

  • Removal Of Mill Scale Prior To Commissioning
  • Removal Of Construction Debris

General Method Of Pipeline Cleaning

Pipe Pigs can provide you with guidelines specific to your type of pipeline. However, this general method applies to most types of pipelines.

  1. Locate and operate all in-line and lateral valves to be used during pigging operation.
  2. Arrange valving to isolate the line to be cleaned.
  3. Open operational valve to determine residual pressure, flow rate and direction of flow.
  4. Launch line size swab to prove direction of flow and integrity of pipeline.
  5. Apply a series of individual pigs in varying diameters and/or densities as required to attain proper cleanliness of pipeline.
  6. Check progress of operation by periodically running line size swabs during cleaning.
  7. Flush pipeline, laterals and services properly after cleaning operation is completed. 

Speak to Pipe Pigs today about your specific requirements. We will be happy to assist with information and recommendations on the right pipeline cleaning equipment for your needs.

Read our brochures:
- General Method of Pipe Cleaning
- Proven Applications for Pigging

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