NGL product has high levels of black powder contamination coming out of the stabilizer column. The contamination was causing damage to the pumps, meters, and valves downstream; off-spec product was getting rejected by third party pipelines.
Operating Fluid: NGL
Operating Pressure: 200 psi
Operating Temperature: 90° F
Max. Flow Rate: 200 gpm
A magnetic separator system was installed in the discharge of the NGL going to the pipeline pumps.
Analysis of the contamination determined a composition of 83% iron oxide, 9% carbon, 7% dust, as well as dirt, fibers, a grass seed, and trace amounts of chrome, manganese and titanium.
Midstream, NGL Mix, Processing Plant