July 2018, Vol. 245, No. 7

Features

Getting into the Pig Launcher Groove

By Adam Bozick, Regional Manager, Victaulic Pipeline pigging is an important part of ensuring reliable pipelines and, when done as part of a larger maintenance program, can significantly reduce the risk of line failure and downtime. Clearing buildup or blockages from gas hydrates, asphaltenes, iron oxides, scale or paraffin is just one way in which pigging helps manage line integrity. Pigging is also routinely used to identify damage from corrosion before it becomes a major issue. This process, however, can be costly and time consuming with traditional pigging equipment. Necessity of Pigging In hydraulic fracturing operations, a site may have low elevation areas in the gathering system w

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