Demolition of Redundant Pipelines-Challenges & Solution
When it comes to transporting gas, crude oil, and chemicals across a country or a city, pipes are used. They are one of the best mediums to supply gas and oil. These pipes are thick and are corrosion-resistant, but overtime they may lose its essence and start leaking. They may also get damaged due to human errors. Once a pipe starts leaking, it is dangerous. It can contaminate the soil and surrounding water bodies. Replacing these redundant pipes is necessary. In this situation, metal recycling companies can help you out. They are specialist in the demolition of any type of metal. They have advanced equipment, vehicles and a team of experts who follow all the guidelines to demolish a redundant pipe.
Key Benefits of Removing Redundant Pipelines
Removing redundant pipelines helps to avoid uncontrolled oil and gas leakage. It reduces uncontrolled soil contamination and the risks to the safety of its surroundings. The chance of water contamination reduces and provides economical benefits by recycling scrap materials.
Challenges to Demolish Redundant Pipeline
Survey to Collect Data
When a pipe starts leaking, you cannot afford to waste time, so immediately call a metal recycling company. The leaks will waste crude oil and at the same time it can contaminate the environment. The first step is the survey of the area and the pipe. The recycling team collects data of the pipeline or the pipeline profile which includes getting an idea of pipe wall thickness through the pipeline soundings such as headers, drain pits, and other adjacent lines. The survey helps to decide the type of tools that may be needed to demolish the pipe and how many people it may require to handle the job.
Cleaning or De-Oiling
In the second step, de-oiling is performed according to the previously collected data where the isolation points, vent points, de-oiling points, used pumps and the process of de-oiling are evaluated. The de-oiling process involves gravity bulk de-oiling and the residual oil is removed through pigging. After gravity de-oiled, the pigging process will prevent soil contamination. The cutting of the pipe without residual removal will contaminate the soil.
Removing Mud from the Area
The demolition team has to make sure that the area near the pipe is free from mud to remove the pipe easily. Mud can cause obstruction. It can also make the pipe extremely heavy. So, digging is a necessary step.
Cutting & Loading of the Pipe
The special cutting tool best known as a soil pipe cutter is used to cut the pipe. Selection of a pipe cutter tool depends on how thick the pipe is. A large sized pipe is cut into more than one piece to make loading easy. A heavy machine is used to pick up and load the pipe.
For more details on pipeline demolition, you can contact Trentco Demo, one of the leading junkyards in Texas with branches in multiple locations.