Brothers Industrial Projects
Bitumen Spill Clean-up
A fitting had ruptured for a short period of time but long enough to put a coating of bitumen on all the surrounding equipment including piping, insulation blankets, valves, structural steel, etc. After approximately a week working in minus 30 degree weather, our crew was able to bring the facility back to a new condition.
Dry ice blasting is by far the most effective way to remove bitumen. We have a work trailer specifically stocked for bitumen clean-up and ready to go at all times. It includes everything we need to effectively remove and recover bitumen.
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Due to the results from the chemical wash, the customer decided to try dry ice blasting. When we arrived on location the previous cleaning wasn't apparent. The cooler was heavily packed with poplar fuzz and other contaminants. Upon completion of dry ice blasting, there was a drastic decrease in the outlet temperature. As this was a propane condenser, it enabled the refrigeration package to run at a much lower discharge pressure, thus increasing plant efficiency.
The benefits were:
1) No secondary contaminant to be contained and or removed.
2) Increased plant efficiency during high ambient temperature conditions.
3) Major cost savings due to less power consumption with less pitch to fan and or less fans running in cooler.
4) No water-proofing of motors, bearings and/or instrumentation.
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This particular piece of equipment had been subjected to a northern Alberta oil-sands tailings pond and was covered with bitumen which made it nearly impossible to operate. For six shifts, three men worked in extreme weather conditions to bring this piece of equipment "back to life."