Typical properties of a viscous gel are;
Depending on the pipeline and the application one or more viscous gels can be utilised, each performing different duties. Each pipeline is assessed on a wide number of criteria to determine the optimal gel viscosities.
Gel technologies provide an efficient solution to increasing production (increased bore) and extending pipeline life (limit corrosion) by debris pick up.
Specifically targeting pipelines that require a low volume of cleaning material, low stress, fast solution for debris removal. Gel pipeline cleaning opens up a significant number of systems that are old or have never been cleaned or operate with a low pressure requirement.
An Oil & Gas client in the Middle East was experiencing sand build up. A viscous gel was used to lift the debris from the pipeline resulting in an increase in production rates. The gel was broken down into its component parts and the sand disposed of by the client.