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  • #28638

    Hedewandro Lucredi

    We have a new pigging decoking furnace contractor. They used a fixed pumps for pigging decoking. The problem is that they used a hard pigging that does not remove all the coke inside the tubes. We have mule ears in our furnace and it was confirmed by boroscopic and infrared thermic temperature after the start up. For the next pigging decoking we are concerned because, of course the campaign will be reduced. Is there any paper that describe what kind of pig we need to use for heater decoking for each decoking step ? What is the suppliers ? What would check in the pig?

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    Mike Kimbrell

    There are a number of companies that provide heater pigging services. The key to having a good outcome is by having an experienced pigging contractor that has successfully pigged Coker heaters in the past. Additionally, have a pre-work discussion that clearly states the goals of the pigging and the expectation you have of the contractor. Having someone from your company oversee the progress of the pigging is helpful in providing guidance to the contractor during the pigging operation. Requiring a written summary of the decoking operation also assists in preparing for the future pigging operations.

    The companies that have been successfully used in the USA and in Canada are; DDT, CEDA, Clean Harbors, CokeBusters. I think some of these companies operate outside of the US as well. Their websites are; They all have some information discussing the technology.

    Doing an intelligent pig after the decoke can tell you how much coke remains in the tubes. Quest and A.HAK are two inspection companies that do intelligent pigging. I believe CokeBusters will also do intelligent pigging after decoking the heater as well.

    Alternately, some sites have used a borescope to confirm all the coke was removed from the heater by inspecting a few random tubes.

  • #28653

    Hedewandro Lucredi

    Thanks Mike. The company that we contracted there is no experience before with pigging but they contracted some experience people, but besides that we had problem.

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