Black powder contamination in the condensate stream leaving a fractionator accumulating on the pipeline wall is liberated back into the product during pigging operations.
Customer installed a 5” OD, 300#, 316 SS BPS Magnetic Separator System skid on a 1” OD slipstream line off of a 14” OD pipeline as a proof of concept in an 8 day test:
(1)Removal of Black Powder in post-pigging operations vs. a conventional filtration solution, and
(2)Dirt holding capacity of BPS system vs. conventional filtration.
vBlack powder contamination of 12.5 grams/day was captured prior to the pigging test by the BPS system; 2.9 kilograms of Black Powder was captured after pigging operations by the BPS system registering a 0 psi pressure differential.
vThe conventional filtration plugged off and caused a 25 psi pressure drop after the 8 day test.
March 29, 2016
Downstream, Hydrocarbon Fluids, Midstream, Natural Gas, Pipeline, Upstream