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Black Powder Separator Technology

Black Powder Separator

The Black Powder Separator (BPS) System is designed to remove Black Powder contamination from gas and hydrocarbon fluid lines to sub-micron levels with minimal flow restriction. This technology offers a full inline system approach which is custom designed to specific applications.

  • Designed to operate with minimal flow restriction.
  • Patented radial field magnetic separation technology removes Black Powder to sub-micron levels in full flow.
  • Designed in a modular form to allow increase and decrease of flow volumes.
  • Long life service with minimal consumables.
  • Removes ferrous and non-ferrous Black Powder contamination.
  • An environmental alternative which is cleanable and reusable for years.
  • Black Powder density may vary upon application.

Materials of Contruction

  • 316 Stainless Steel Separator rods
  • Carbon Steel vessel body sizes 16”-48”
  • Stainless Steel vessel body sizes 5” – 12”

Recommended Installation – Prior to:

  • Gas Compression Stations
  • Hydrocarbon Fluid Pumping Stations
  • Metering Stations
  • Refineries: Chemical, LNG, Power Plants

*Specialty alloys available for corrosive applications.

Modular Design

BPS Magnetic Separator technology is designed to accommodate flow volume and pressure. The greater the flow, the greater number of modules recommended to remove the Black Powder contamination present in the hydrocarbon transmission lines.  Single module applications are also available.

Black Powder Contamination

Black Powder is an industry name for the abrasive, reactive contamination particulate present in all gas and hydrocarbon fluid transmission lines. Black Powder will range from light brown to black and the mineral make up will vary per production field around the world.

Cleaning Designs

BPS offers manual, semi-automated and fully automated cleaning designs to adapt to application requirements.

Manual Cleaning Design

The manual cleaning system is designed for smaller applications. The user removes the Magnetic Separators from the vessel and installs them in the cleaning station. The Magnetic Separators are lifted through the scrapers allowing the contaminants to be collected in the containment bag. BPS recommends an analysis of the contaminant.

Semi-Automated Cleaning Design

  1. The motor and the gear box attach to the davit arm. The large and small blind flange are at the top of the vessel.
  2. The small blind flange removes, giving easy access to the internals crew and coupling.
  3. Rotation of the screw cap by the motor and gear box allows the BPS scraper plate to move up & down along the rods.

Automated Cleaning Design

The automated self-cleaning system measures Black Powder contamination removal effectiveness in real time with particle counters and pressure transducers. Counters detect an increase in particles passing through the system and respond by increasing auto-cleaning frequency.
Every separator includes an enclosed actuated cleaning system to remove Black Powder contamination from the Magnetic Separators. With a duplex design of separator modules, scheduled and unscheduled system maintenance can be performed with no interruption to overall gas or oil delivery increasing up-time.
When a scheduled cleaning period occurs, the proper valves will be either opened or closed diverting all flow to the alternative vessel of the duplex. The actuator will be engaged to run; this will remove the contamination from the magnetic separator rods.
Once a cycle is complete, the vessel will remain in stand-by mode until the alternate vessel is in need of cleaning. BPS systems are fully scalable and modular to accommodate all line sizes, pressures and volumes.

Mobile Pigging Unit

Black Powder Solution’s mobile units are designed for field applications. Portable modules of Magnetic Separators are arranged in tandem in a containment cage, and sized to match the pipeline. During pigging, large amounts of Black Powder contamination is dislodged in the pipeline. The BPS portable units are designed to be placed before the compression station after pigging, replacing traditional filtration.

Procurement Process

Completing the BPS Project Data Requisition Form is the first essential  step in the quoting process. This form gives BPS’s engineering team the necessary information to complete a budgetary quote, and it helps to expedite the quoting process. Do not hesitate to contact BPS to clarify this process as the team is always available to answer any question.