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Black Powder Contamination

An industry name for the abrasive contamination particulate present in all gas and hydrocarbon fluid transmission lines due to corrosion and erosion of pipeline walls.

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Company

BPS designs and manufactures patented Magnetic Separation systems in a modular format for full flow application of hydrocarbon fluid transmission pipelines.

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Technology

BPS employs a patented radial magnetic filter rod technology in the construction of the BPS Separators which captures ferrous and non-ferrous material to sub-micron levels with minimal flow restriction.

Upstream

BPS Applications in oil and gas exploration and production.

Midstream

BPS Applications petrochemical refining and gas plants.

Downstream

BPS Applications in oil and gas transportation and distribution.

Targa Resources Loading Line Application

Black Powder Contamination plugging off traditional basket strainer filters during loading. Small quantities of large particulate saturated the basket screens and plugged off flow. The incoming dock filters would allow the Black Powder to enter the facility, impeding loading and creating costly downtime and demurrage penalties.

Proof of Concept Test 

ENI Offshore Natural Gas Platform: Glycol Separation
Adriatic Sea, Offshore Italy April 2015
  • Traditional filtration was unable to filter the Black Powder contaminating the glycol dehydration unit, reducing it’s ability to dehydrate gas.
  • A BPS Magnetic Separator was installed to remove the Black Powder contamination to sub-micron levels.
  • Proof of concept test: Black Powder removed after 2 days.
  • Analysis of Black Powder showed 74% non-ferrous particulate (Phosphorous and Silica), 26% ferrous(Iron Oxides).