Maintaining throughput in Offshore Pipeline pipelines is challenging enough without wax buildup adding another layer of complexity. Left in place, accumulated wax can significantly reduce flow diameter, operating capacity, and production, resulting in lost profits. With flow-restricting waxy crude present in fields worldwide, cleaning regimens that clear out wax are essential.
TDW offers a suite of pigging solutions to locate and scrape wax (i.e., paraffin) build-up from pipe walls. By providing the most effective wax removal tools, TDW helps operators:
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The needs of Offshore Pipeline operators are unique. But with decades of experience designing, manufacturing, and operating pigging products, TDW can determine the best pigging strategy to remediate your current conditions and improve flow. That can include a progressive pigging program in which a series of increasingly aggressive pigs is sent through the pipeline to break up and remove wax, and eliminate other dirt and debris.
Wax removal is also an important step prior to inline inspection (ILI). Clean pipes ensure better data capture by ILI tools, for more reliable results.
Pigs for wax removal:
Technical assistance is available from TDW subject matter experts for special circumstances or if the path to a solution requires consultation.