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Protecting Pipelines During the Winter Months - Thigpen Energy

Protecting Pipelines During the Winter Months

To avoid interrupted business operations and costly repairs, beginning early fall or 30 days before an estimated freeze, pipeline operators are advised to thoroughly inspect all pipelines, facilities, and equipment and develop a winter protection plan.

Failure to develop and implement a preventative plan in the winter could result increased pipeline freezing, plugging, hydrate formation, as well as unscheduled downtime.

Although each pipeline system is unique and requires specified actions for preventative maintenance, most all companies can benefit from utilizing multifunctional inhibitor and control products that will prevent pipeline production loss as a result of ice agglomeration. These chemistries will also reduce corrosion and iron deposits in pipe and pump components.

Before winter’s first cold spell, it is wise to do product selection for paraffin remediation or prevention program before an issue causes downtime or revenue loss. Colder weather conditions may increase emulsion due to paraffin and tank bottom basic sediment and water issues.

During cold winter months, peak demand is pressured on pipeline suppliers in addition to greater risk for pipeline malfunction because of the frigid weather. However, the assistance of LNG peak shaving units allows preparedness for stressed demand and consumption periods–as well as offer significant electricity bill savings.

Thigpen Energy offers a winter peak shaving program to clients who are seeking on-site supplemental natural gas storage during planned outages and emergencies. Thigpen uses a short-term LNG setup to provide supplemental gas supply during peak usage hours to obtain consistent gas capacity and pipeline pressures to a wide range of customers.

Contact Thigpen Energy today to help prepare your application for the winter months.