If you run a gas or oil pipeline, you will already know how tricky it can be to keep your pipes running smoothly and efficiently from day to day. In order to provide the best possible service, you not only need to ensure that your product is flowing quickly, but that it’s arriving at a volume that your end users expect and demand. But what if you start experiencing problems in getting your oil and gas to the people who demand it the most? Could oil pipeline pigging be of benefit to you?

There are plenty of reasons why pipeline owners look to pigging technology to help improve the performance of their pipeline systems. This has never been more important in the oil and gas industries. But why in particular is pipeline pigging technology proving to be so popular for oil and gas providers?

Here are a few of the benefits of oil pipeline pigging which are well worth considering if you are struggling to keep on top of your pipe network management.


Clean Pipes are Efficient Pipes

28" Pig following cleaning of HFO pipeline

It might be easy to assume that oil pipelines are unlikely to get very dirty as you are essentially piping liquid through to your end users. However, there will be occasions where your pipes start to clog up with all kinds of dirt and debris that can slow things down to a halt.

For example, if rust or internal corrosion of your pipelines persists, you may find that you end up building up all manner of debris that can actively slow down the flow of oil to your customers. If you work in an industry where you are relied on to deliver this product constantly – and efficiently – you really shouldn’t be taking any chances as far as speed is concerned.

If you’re starting to notice that your oil pipes are not as efficient as they once were, it may already mean that you need to consider pipeline pigging technology to help remove dirt and debris from the inside. A simple pig, designed to fit your pipe network, can deploy, and collect debris that is otherwise clogging up your pipes – meaning that all it takes is a simple ‘launch’ to get started.


Clean Product is Crucial!

Your gas and oil need to be as clean and as pure as possible throughout the whole delivery process. If your product is contaminated in any way, shape, or form, it may not be fit for purpose once it gets to the end user. What’s more, oil delivered with debris in the product may actually prove to be dangerous, too. You may have the best oil product available, and the most efficient pipework, however, there is still always going to be a risk of you delivering oil that is carrying foreign bodies.

Minimising this risk is as simple as taking on oil pipeline pigging. Pipeline pigs will carefully traverse your pipes and will clean out anything that is likely to splinter off and contaminate your oil. This means that you have one less thing to worry about.


You Can’t Check Every Part of Your Pipeline!

Oil pipelines can be notoriously long and complex! Therefore, it’s understandable that you are never going to have permanent eyes on each of the sections of your network. Taking these pieces of pipeline apart is going to add work and time to your plate, too, when you should be making sure that you actively run your business from day to day.

Heat tracing wire pigged out of a 16" HFO pipeline

Pipeline pigging technology takes away the need for you to examine and inspect every single part of your pipe. Therefore, it makes sense to reach out to a team who can help deploy efficient, comprehensive pigs built custom to your network.

Pigtek has helped to provide bespoke pigging solutions to a wide variety of oil and gas pipelines across the globe. We are leaders in design, deployment, and pipeline care, meaning that instead of having to check every inch of piping network yourself, you can now rely on a simple pigging system to inspect and clear your pipes as you demand.

Need help keeping your oil pipelines clear? Interested in trying oil pipeline pigging for yourself for the first time? Allow Pigtek to show you a wealth of ideas and concepts to help keep your network healthy, efficient, and always on target.

If you’d like to know more about what we can do and how we can help, be sure to call our team immediately on +44 (0) 1246 850220, or to book in with us via web form.


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