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Crude Oil Process (Upstream)

Placing a BPS Magnetic Separator System Before:


Prior to Tank Farms

  • Protects meters from abrasive wear.
  • Protects valves from seizure.
  • Protects pumps from failure due to abrasive wear.
  • Decreases contamination build up in reservoirs that reduces oil storage capability.

Prior to entry into Refineries

  • Ensures the collection of the Black Powder generated from wells, reservoirs and transportation.
  • Protects all refinery processes and components such as valves, pumps and meters vulnerable to damage and failure.

 Before Storage Reservoirs

  • Decreases the creation of Black Powder which degrades product quality and impedes the growth of contaminate, allowing for more storage volume. This reduction in Black Powder reduces downtime and cost associated with cleaning the reservoirs.

 After Storage Reservoirs

  • Corrosion of the carbon steel wall in this moist environment can produce slag contaminate. BPS Separators capture the slag before it causes damage downstream.
  • Ensures product quality and protection of pipeline transmission equipment components.

Natural Gas Process (Upstream)

Placing a BPS Magnetic Separator System Before:


 Leaving the well

  • Protects the compression equipment, meters and valves leading to processing plants.

Prior to all metering stations

  • Ensures the accuracy of all sensor readings.

 Prior to processing treatments

  • Protects the process equipment in the plant after precipitation of Black Powder.

 After storage

  • Cleans the gas stored in natural underground reservoirs during low season developed from the precipitation of iron sulfides and oxides in storage.
  • Protects the pumps moving the gas from storage, as well as the glycol dehydration system used to strip the moisture from the gas.

During and after distribution

  • Cleans the gas before final sale to distributors, ensuring a clean quality final product.


LNG Process (Upstream)

Placing a BPS Magnetic Separator System Before:


      Entry of facilities

  • Protects equipment, extends maintenance intervals, and increases uptime.

       All turbines

  • Cleans the fuel for a clean burn and protects the blades from wear.

      Compressor stations

  • Maximizes efficiency and protects components from wear and damage.


  • Protects the integrity of the amine.
  • Maintains the efficiency of glycol dehydration units.


  • Provides the cleanest product to customers.

Crude Oil Refinery (Midstream)

Placing a BPS Magnetic Separator System Before:


Entry to the refinery:

  • Ensures a clean product entering refinery processes at the inlet feed stock of the refinery prior to the atmospheric distillation, ensuring the efficiency of the fluid treatments.

Before pumps, meters, valves and compressor stations

  • Protects these components from the abrasive wear of Black Powder, preventing valve seizures and pump failure.
  • Protecting these components will increase product quality, reduce maintenance costs and increase production time.

Before and after treatments

  • Decreases ferrous loading on hydrocarbon products caused by heat produced in these processes, and pressure changes occurring with each refining process which precipitate iron oxides, iron sulfides and sulfur from the hydrocarbons. These particles have an affinity for themselves, and throughout the rest of the refining process will reach measurable levels.
  • Placement of BPS Magnetic Separators after treatments allows for better filtration capability due to the drop in temperature and pressure. Further, this allows capture of contamination produced throughout the refining process to ensure a clean, quality product.

After Storage Reservoirs

  • Ensures product quality and protection of pipeline transmission components.

Natural Gas Processing Plant (Midstream)

Placing a BPS Magnetic Separator System Before:


         The filtration train

  • Collects ferrous and non-ferrous particles that have been generated through production or accumulated through transmission via pipelines, and cleans the gas before processing.


  • Protects equipment in the refinery, creates a cleaner burn and reduces pollutants as well as increases the efficiency.

      Distribution from the refinery

  • Cleans the gas before final sale to natural gas distributors and end users.

      After Storage

  • Protects against the precipitation of Black Powder and the growth of sludge and bacteria which settles at the bottom of the tanks.

Pipeline and Transport (Downstream)

Placing a Magnetic Separator

      Before and after pigging units

  • Cleans the pipeline product during the pigging process.

      On-loading and off-loading

  • Cleans the Black Powder created from piping, found in storage vessels and in pumps which cause further damage upstream   

      Throughout the transmission line

  • Protects the transmission line and ensures all components such as valves, compressor stations and meters are protected from failure before and after storage, refining and production.


Pipeline Sampling System (PSS)

The Pipeline Sampling Station is intended for Black Powder contamination on liquid and gas hydrocarbon transmission lines. The PSS identifies the volume and composition of Black Powder contamination (down to sub-micron in size). This information will confirm the separation requirements and the most effective location to install a Black Powder Separator.

The system predicts the nature and mass of Black Powder and identifies how flow correlates with Black Powder. The PSS can be used as a  tool to determine contamination levels  at transfer points and offers accountability for product  quality.


  • Liquid and gas hydrocarbon transmission lines. For natural gas applications BPS designs a coalescing sample station that removes liquid and particulate.