Produced Water Pipelines

Produced water pipeline systems have grown significantly in recent years due to the cost advantage over variable transportation and to enable large-scale reuse or disposal. These larger systems are built for multiple operators and continue to add new segments of over time. The downside of these multi-operator systems are the constantly changing flow rates, direction and pressures that allow produced water to comingle and create scale, sludge and biofilm.

The sheer volume of these interconnected systems creates an environment where certain segments of the pipeline forms rapid scale, sludge, and/or biofilm. Those segments that experience restricted flow can adversely impact the reliability of the entire network.

The traditional practice of utilizing pigs to clean the pipeline is not always feasible or effective, requires shutting in the pipeline, and generates a solid waste that requires disposal.

Gel sweeps, used in conjunction with or an alternative to pigging, have similar limitations plus increases your solid waste, which drives up your disposal costs, and becomes a microbial food source that will accelerate the growth of bacteria in the pipeline.

To combat those deficiencies, EPDI developed a unique pipeline cleaning method utilizing our Dynamic Fluid Mapping Treatment Technology and proprietary chemical solutions. 

EK-KLEAN BENEFITS

  • It does not require shutting down the pipeline or reducing the flow rate.

  • Isolate and target a specific segment exhibiting issues without the need to treat the entire system.

  • Unlike gel sweeps and pigging, our process does not generate solids.

  • EK-Klean is a proven method.

Our EK-Technology removes iron from the equation, prevents iron sulfide and hydrogen sulfide from forming, dissolves all carbonate scales, kills bacteria, and removes biofilm.  Our process is friendly to disposal wells because it does not form a sour fluid and/or cake. The combination of these features make EK-Klean the best solution for cleaning your pipeline. Often, people assume that BS&W has a high percentage of hydrocarbons given its color. In fact, it is the bacteria that gives the BS&W its black color not oil.

ADVANCED, CO$T SAVINGS APPROACH

Our unique analysis takes a comprehensive, field wide review of your system’s performance to identify cost saving opportunities.

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