Pipeline Flushing Enables Emergency Repair for Oil Terminal Pipeline

BACKGROUND

An environmental contractor required emergency welding repairs on a high pressure, high flow pipeline at an oil terminal. To do this, the contractor needed a temporary flushing system that would have the capacity to store a large volume of water and the power to flush a one-mile long pipeline with varying pressures and flows. The system was to be delivered and functional within five days; if the emergency repair work was delayed, it would cost the customer a substantial amount in damages and downtime.

OUTCOME

The Rain for Rent team from Oakley, CA, and the Rain for Rent Engineering team worked together to design a system of ten 21,000 gallon tanks and manifold pipe that could flush the pipeline multiple times over a two-week period per the contractors specifications. Rain for Rent worked closely with the representatives from the terminal where the work would be performed, the refinery receiving the flushed water, and the environmental contractor, to ensure everyone’s design specifications were met.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rain for Rent designed, quoted, and installed the system within five days.
  • The system saved the customer time and money by providing a turnkey package, eliminating the need to source multiple vendors.
  • The system was installed in a tight space around an existing pipeline and tanks; the HDPE discharge line was welded in place up and around existing pipelines.
  • The Rain for Rent team participated in daily safety meetings and coordinated movement with terminal traffic.

CUSTOMER FEEDBACK

The customer was very pleased with Rain for Rent’s ability to act quickly and concisely to deliver the solution within a tight time frame and do the job correctly the first time. They were impressed by the orderly design and the quality work the installers did to construct it, and look forward to partnering with Rain for Rent again in the future.

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