Ice Pigging™ is capable of navigating complex pipework incorporating changes in pipe diameter, bends and valve systems.
A fast and powerful process for commissioning new, decommissioning old and maintaining current pipes. Ideally suited to applications where there is a need to remove unwanted materials from pipe systems and in applications where time saving, production efficiency and high levels of system cleanliness are required.
Ice Pigging™ employs the special properties of a multiphase ice and liquid mixture in that it flows like a liquid and moves like a solid. The ice slurry is composed of fine ice crystals and an additive that is used to control the structure of the slurry and to prevent it from forming large crystals. By using the additive, the ice slurry is retained in a mobile state, allowing for the navigation through multifaceted pipework.
Each industrial situation is unique. In some circumstances the mobile Ice Pigging™ service can be applied as a one-off or regular programme of cleans. The ice slurry is manufactured at our Ice Pigging™ facility in Bristol and then transported to site and injected into the pipes to clear the blockages and build-ups to provide effective pipe cleaning.
In other circumstances, an Ice Pigging™ machine, typically an AQL500, is installed and delivers ‘always-ready’ conditioned ice to provide the line cleaning benefits needed. On occasions, an Ice Pigging™ machine has been customised for the location requirements.
Both Ice Pigging™ delivery mechanisms are rapid processes, achieving excellent cleaning results compared with conventional water flushing.
“The Ice Pigging™ approach has significantly improved the speed and standard of clean. The customer has now adopted this for their hardware cleaning programme and has requested customised machines to be installed at their facility.” Business Development Manager
The Issue: An international defence industry engineering contractor based in the UK, had a requirement for cleaning multiple pipe systems – fuel, seawater, freshwater – quickly and effectively.
The Solution: Historically this can involve long periods of water flushing as it is difficult to achieve the high levels of turbulence required to remove debris from the pipe systems. Instead, the engineering contractor used Ice Pigging™ using a combination of SUEZ Ice Pigging™ equipment and on-site support. This reduced the cleaning time dramatically (days rather than weeks) and provided a higher level of clean than water flushing. It proved so successful that the contractor is now utilising Ice Pigging™ as a ‘go to’ solution for this but also other process applications that they have.