Increasing Run Length: Pros & Cons of Chemical Cleaning & Hydroblasting

Presented By

Seeking panelists from - chemical cleaners, hydroblasters and exchanger maintenance companies

John Reed - Refined Technologies Inc.

Sean Macdonald - West Penetone Inc.

Meghan Kidwell - ZymeFlow Decon Technology

Luis Martinez - Delta Tech Services Inc.

Conference: Galveston 2018

Comparing chemical cleaning and hydroblasting.

  • What is the onsite preparation and setup time for the chemical cleaner. How long does the cleaning take, how long will a vessel be out of service?
  • Onsite preparation and setup time for the hydroblaster. How long does the cleaning take, how long will a vessel be out of service?
  • General cost for chemical cleaning, let’s say for exchangers. What makes a price be higher or lower?
  • Is one method (chemicals vs hydroblasting) more thorough than the other. Are there times when that is not important?
  • Within chemical cleaning are there chemicals or processes which give better results?
  • With hydroblasting are techniques generally the same? Does the expertise of the equipment operator make much difference?
  • Can you clean a vessel on the run?
  • What should refinery operations do before the cleaning?
  • How long does an exchanger stay clean before you have to clean it again?
  • What can operations do after the cleaning to keep it clean?
  • How does cleaning effect the life of the vessel?
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